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Photo of Jordan P. SmithDr. Jordan P. Smith is a New York-based saxophonist and conductor. He completed his D.M.A. at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where he has studied with Dr. Paul Cohen. He holds an M.M. degree in Saxophone Performance from Manhattan School of Music (MSM) and a B.M. in Music Education from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), where he studied with Kathleen Mitchell. He has completed additional studies with Dr. John Sampen, Ken Radnofsky, Jean-Michel Goury, and the Rascher Saxophone Quartet.

He has concertized extensively throughout the United States and internationally in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Greece as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, and has recently performed with the New World Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Bravura Philharmonic, Sifodec Orchestra, MSM Orchestra, Brooklyn College Orchestra, the Hartwick College Wind Ensemble, and the French Woods Orchestra. As an orchestral wind player Mr. Smith has performed works by Bizet, Ravel, Prokofiev, Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin, Massenet and more under such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Spano, Barbara Leifer, H. Robert Reynolds, and Eugene Corporon.

Recent performance venues have included Haydn Hall in Eisenstadt, Austria, Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, the Tenri Cultural Institute, Symphony Space in NYC, Yamaha Concert Hall in New York City, St. Peters Citigroup Center in New York City, the Professional Children's School, Yale University, Eisenhower Hall at West Point, and the 2011 International Saxophone Symposium. Jordan was winner of the 2006-2007 TCNJ Concerto Competition, performing Tomasi's Ballade for Saxophone and Orchestra with The College of New Jersey Orchestra. He recently performed Alfreed Reed’s Ballade for alto saxophone and concert band with the Hartwick College Wind Ensemble, and Concertante for alto saxophone and wind ensemble with the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey (YOCJ) Wind Symphony.

As a chamber musician in New York City, Jordan has premiered 29 works by composers from around the world including Volodymyr Runchak, Mark Stambaugh, Marilyn Shrude, David Noon, Hayes Biggs, Marc-Antonio Consoli, James Adler, Robert McMahan, Steve Cohen, Rex Isenberg, Tamara Cashour, Adrienne Albert, Remy Le Boeuf, Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Matthew Hough. He is also a member of the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet (MSQ), which has premiered and commissioned numerous works by leading NYC composers, culminating in a recent sold out performance at Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium. In May 2010, MSQ released the premiere recording of Inhyun Kim's Saxophone Quartet on Carrier Records. The Manhattan Saxophone Quartet recently gave the U.S. premiere of Against all Hope, I Hope by Ukrainian Composer Volodymyr Runchak at the Tenri Cultural Institute in Manhattan in March 2016.

Jordan is the director of the renowned Saxophone Program of Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, the only program of its kind in the United States. At YOCJ, an average of 30 talented saxophonists each year in grades 6-12 perform in a saxophone orchestra setting consisting of sopranino through bass saxophone, and yearly premiere works by composers around the world, in addition to orchestral transcriptions and saxophone ensemble standards. The saxophone program recently toured Vienna and Prague in the summer of 2014 and will be touring Germany in the summer of 2017. Dr. Smith is also an Adjunct Professor at Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, NJ where he teaches music history and maintains a large private teaching studio in Princeton, NJ.

Dr. Smith was published in the upcoming August 2015 edition of the "Saxophone Symposium" for his research on Jules Massenet and was also published in the 2011 January/February issue of the "Saxophone Journal" in an article about Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé Suite. He can be heard on the CD "Sculpting the Air: Modern Works for Wind Instruments" for the premiere recording of James Adler's Reverie, Interrupted. This recording was recently broadcast on Pittsburgh, PA's WRCT's Gordon Spencer "Classics" show and a recent review from Audiophile Audition praised his "liquid tone." In February of 2013, a new recording of this work was released on the CD "James Adler and Friends" on Ravello Records.

Equipment

Soprano Saxophone:
Yamaha YSS-875 EX, Gold Plated M1 Neck, Caravan Large Chamber Mouthpiece, Rovner Dark Ligature

Alto Saxophone:
Yanagisawa A992 Bronze Body, Caravan Large Chamber Mouthpiece, Vandoren Leather Ligature

Tenor Saxophone:
Yamaha YTS-875 EX, Caravan Large Chamber Mouthpiece, Vandoren Leather Ligature

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), Performance
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
May 2013

Master of Music (M.M.), Performance
Manhattan School of Music
May 2010

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Music Education
The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)
May 2008

Teaching Positions

St. Peter's University, Jersey City, NJ
Adjunct Professor teaching "Intro to Music History"
(Fall 2016 – Present)

Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey
Saxophone Choir and Ensemble Director
(2010 – Present)

Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ
Adjunct Professor, Saxophone
Adjunct Professor, "Survey of Music History"
(2013 – 2017)

Cicely Tyson Performing Arts High School, East Orange, NJ
Artist-in-Residence
(2012 – 2014)

Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division, Rutgers University
Saxophone Faculty
(2010 – 2013)

William Paterson University
Interim Adjunct Professor of Saxophone; Saxophone Quartet Coach
(2010 – 2011)

French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts
Saxophone Ensemble Director; Saxophone Instructor; Theory Instructor
(2009 – 2010)

 

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