Seattle-based lyric baritone Darrell J. Jordan has been praised for his “shining, beautiful voice” (Broadway World), his "expressive baritone and facial expressions" (The SunBreak), and has been called “the star of the show” (Columbia Heart Beat). He holds a B.A. in both Psychology and Music and a M.M. in Voice Performance from the University of Missouri. He is currently pursuing his D.M.A. in Voice Performance at the University of Washington under the tutelage of Dr. Kari Ragan. Previous instruction has been from Steven Tharp and Ann Harrell. Before matriculating at the University of Washington, Mr. Jordan was an adjunct professor of music at the University of Missouri, Central Methodist University, and Columbia College, where he taught a full private voice studio, and Stephens College, where he taught an intro voice class, and Italian, German, and French lyric diction.
In demand as a recitalist and concert soloist, his recent solo concert engagements have been with Amherst Early Music Festival, the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, Rolla Choral Arts Society, Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri, the Missouri Symphony, the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, and the Seattle Art Song Society. Opera credits include St. Louis Opera Collective, Haymarket Opera Company, Gateway Opera, the Institute for 17th Century Music, the Show-Me Opera, Lawrence Opera Theatre, the Puget Sound Concert Opera, Operamuse, Pacific Northwest Opera, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Seattle, and Seattle Opera (outreach cast). This season, he will be making his debut with the Thalia Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Modern Opera Company, Olympia Chamber Orchestra, and will tour with professional company Northwest Opera In Schools, Etc. (NOISE). He can be heard as the baritone soloist on the album St. Lawrence Psalter, and on the upcoming album being released by the Seattle Art Song Society. He is a member and co-founder of the nationally recognized, award-winning professional vocal chamber ensemble, Vox Nova.
To keep up with Mr. Jordan's academic career, be sure to visit his webpage at the UW School of Music website.