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Jordan Smith appointed Organist & Director of Music Ministries

Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith, a native Kansan, has recently been appointed Organist & Director of Music Ministries at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to planning and coordinating music for worship at St. Stephen, Jordan will lead the adult and children’s choirs, serve as organist for all services, and assist in the leadership of the Special Music Concert Series.

Prior to his appointment at St. Stephen, Jordan served as full-time Director of Music & Organist at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Allen, Texas for nearly seven years. At Christ the Servant Jordan led a comprehensive music program including an adult choir, children’s choir and two handbell ensembles. He also served as the Artistic Director of Christ the Servant Concert Series, which he started for the church in 2012.

Jordan performs frequently in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in solo recital and in collaboration with area ensembles. Most recently performing with the Dallas Wind Symphony at the Meyerson Symphony Center, both in concert and on their latest album, Asphalt Cocktail: The Music of John Mackey which is due to be released in the Fall of 2018.

Jordan has served in many capacities within the greater Dallas musical community. Most recently, he was instrumental on the Steering Committee of the 2017 Southwest Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists. He also serves within the Dallas AGO chapter through the Robert T. Anderson Recital Series committee, Educational Projects Committee, and as webmaster. He has recently been appointed Sub-Dean of the chapter. As a board member of the Greater Dallas Handbell Association, Jordan was a workshop clinician and coordinator and served as secretary. He was also active in the Dallas Symphony Chorus for five years. As an educator, Jordan maintains an active teaching studio in organ and piano.

Jordan holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with emphasis in Organ and Sacred Music from Bethany College, where he studied organ with Dr. Melody Steed. Recently, Jordan graduated with a Master of Sacred Music degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Currently, Jordan is pursuing a Master of Music in Organ Performance degree from Southern Methodist University, where he studies with internationally renowned organist, Stefan Engels.

3 Comments Published

Vikkitreadway 20 September 2018

You will love him, but watch out, he is a dynamo!

Margaret Nimocks 21 September 2018

Hello

I represent concert organist David Briggs. Would it be possible to get contact information and email address for Mr. Smith? David would be thrilled to play at St Stephen Presbyterian.

Many thanks,
Madge Nimocks

Judson 18 October 2018

Mr. Smith—-Best thoughts on your new job as Organist/Dir. of Music @ St. Stephen Pres. Ft. Worth. Your predecessor, the late Peter Mark Scott, administered a laudable and coveted music program of the highest quality for 39 1/2 years at St. Stephen. Organists from around Texas and other states admired Mark’s talent and dedication. Encourage diversity in the adult choir. Use the Bosendorfer Imperial Grand piano often, and allow others in the congregation to play it for services; don’t consider it sacred and off limits; it should be used and enjoyed. Have input into what hymns and anthems are used, not just what Rev. Ritsch wants. Don’t let the Session intimidate or bully you (this is a major issue in most Pres. churches). Don’t feel like you must compete with First Pres. Ft. Worth or with its music program or larger organ. Trivia: Broadway Baptist Ft. Worth has the largest pipe organ in Texas, a V-manual, 191-rank Casavant. Play processional hymns majestically, progressively loudly, and with joyously; disregard aged, discontented women in the church who complain that the organ is too loud and hurts their ears (they can sit in the rear-most pews of the transepts).

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