Professional harpist in Chicago offering his experience in orchestra, weddings, background music, religious services, choral works, new music and more.
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International winner Jordan Thomas has been described as “a profoundly intelligent musician, capable of being both sensitive and powerful,” Jordan has spent his whole life performing.
After starting piano lessons at age 5 and harp at age 9, he was thoroughly committed to music. So he also joined the Keystone State Boys Choir at age 10 -- and ended up touring all 7 continents with this group as a youth, being constantly exposed to musical excellence in many styles all around the globe. By the time he was in high school he was an award-winning harpist of considerable stature, winning regional and national gold medals in the NAACP ACT-SO Competitions as well as awards from the local American Harp Society competitions. He was the chosen soloist for multiple concerto appearances with orchestras in the Philadelphia area, and won a spot at the Saratoga Harp Colony for summer study with Elizabeth Hainen. At Saratoga he participated in masterclasses with Susan McDonald, Judy Loman, and Elizabeth Hainen
In 2010 Jordan entered the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where he studied for two years with Jeanne Chalifoux and two with Dr. Ruth K. Inglefield. At Peabody he spent a great deal of time as principal harpist of the orchestras – the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Concert Orchestra, Peabody Opera Orchestra, Peabody Camerata (specializing in new music), and the Conductor’s Orchestra. Appearances with regional orchestras were frequent. During his time at Peabody, he has been a participant in Masterclasses with Natalia Shamayeva, Sivan Magen, and Dan Yu.
He was also an active chamber music participant, premiered a number of new works, and gave many solo concerts both on and off campus. As a freshman he was already featured on the Baltimore Basilica Harp Recital monthly series, and soon became its director. He was selected to play a concerto on the Grace and St. Peter’s recital series. By his junior year he already embarked on his first multi-state solo concert tour.
Other special opportunities came in the form of winning a summer position at the NSO and being the only harpist invited to play in the Kennedy Center Conservatory Marathon Project. He has been featured on several professional recordings, most recently with the Keystone State Boys Choir in a performance tour of the Britten “Ceremony of Carols”, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Jordan’s performance was heralded as “stunning and elegant.”
In the Spring of 2013 he won first place in the American Protege International Concerto Competition, and performed the third movement of the challenging Ginastera Harp Concerto in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in March of 2013. He was then invited to appear as a guest artist on the Composer’s Forum of the USA International Harp Competition during the summer of 2013. He presented works that made the finals of the Composition Contest that accompanies this performance competition. Jordan started his Masters in Music studies at Peabody in the fall of 2013, and continued to
perform all over the Tri State area. In the spring of 2015, Jordan was asked to be a guest soloist for the newly formed Symphony No. 1 performing the Mozart Harp and Flute Concerto. He now resides in Chicago, where he just graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts under the teachings of Lynn Williams who is Principal Harpist of the Chicago Lyric Opera. He is the current Principal Harpist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
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