Join Ryan (@ryanmguth) and up-and-coming choral star, Jordan Saul (@jordanjsaul) of Baldwin Wallace Conservatory in a fun and lighthearted interview about abandoning the rules and leading through a collective trust that allows your choir to take musical risks so you can become invisible!
Jordan Saul is a choral conductor and music educator currently serving as Associate Director of Choral Studies at Baldwin Wallace University. Before working in the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, Saul was engaged in doctoral studies in music education at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and just previous to her time in the south studied at Westminster Choir College where she earned an MM in Choral Conducting. Saul was the Choral Conductor, Vocal Music Director, and AP Music Theory Instructor at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, Arizona where she was also the Women’s Choir Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Arizona chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association and the Solo and Ensemble Festival Chair for the Arizona Music Educator’s Association. Jordan has studied with pedagogues and conductors including Joe Miller, James Jordan, Amanda Quist, André Thomas, Elizabeth Schauer, John Geringer, Clifford Madsen, and Christopher Arnes
The moment you knew you’d dedicate your life to music
Having worked with Dr. Elizabeth Schauer in University of Arizona, Jordan was inspired to be a leader when she was given time on the podium. Jordan believed the she was in the right place at the right time, when she met a principal she connected with and was able to get a high school gig at Flowing Wells High School. Still in search to be better at what she does, Jordan enrolled herself to graduate school at Westminster Choir College, and it was then she decided that she wanted to be a conductor.
Worst musical moment
As a high school choir conductor, Jordan’s ensemble was joined by a new participant who has been to juvenile detention facility. During her initial participation, she asked permission to address her choir colleagues but during the address she managed to let out some inappropriate language which was significantly embarrassing for Jordan.
Secondly, when about to conduct an ensemble before Dr. Andre Thomas, Jordan embarrassingly fell backwards from the podium and ultimately had to be rescued by Dr. Thomas who, incidentally, she has been trying to impress.
The proudest musical moment
The concerts she did for Flowing Wells High school and personally the Baldwin Wallace concert wherein the all women’s ensemble really did well.
Jordan’s forte is helping kids discover their musical potential. Leading with a heart through a collective trust that allows your choir to take musical risks.
Most excited about right now
The Bach Festival which the Baldwin Wallace women’s choir is part of, as well as the inaugural season of Liberia Children’s choir.
Advice for your younger self
Relax, chill out and continue to follow your instincts.
What makes a great conductor?
Jordan thinks to be able to be a great conductor, one must know his craft first.
Follow her on Twitter @jordanjsaul