Award-winning conductor Jordan Randall Smith is the conductor of Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Number One. Smith is also the Music Director at Govans Presbyterian Church and conductor of the FRYO Symphonia. Smith was formerly Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Dallas Festival of Modern Music and Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Opera Theater. According to the Ft. Worth Music Examiner, Jordan, "drove an intensity in the air," leading the festival’s ensemble in residence, Ars Nova Dallas, in a series of performances of Schoenberg's landmark Pierrot Lunaire. New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert called Jordan’s conducting of Boulez’ Le Marteau sans Maître, “impressive.” According to The Baltimore Sun, Smith is "an attentive partner."
Smith received a prestigious Bruno Walter Fellowship at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in 2010 where he studied with Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, and Jennifer Higdon and conducted the festival orchestra in concert. Jordan formerly served as Apprentice Conductor of the Dallas Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus. He has mentored hundreds of young musicians in ensembles across the country including the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra. Smith is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in conducting at the Peabody Conservatory, and studied with the legendary conductor and conducting pedagogue Gustav Meier, as well as Markand Thakar and Marin Alsop. Learn more: jordanrsmith.com.
Jordan Randall Smith, conductor
James Mayo III, MA, M.A. Ed., is an active singer, state-certified music teacher, church musician, and vocal coach in the mid-Atlantic and New England regions. As a musician, James has sung in concerts with reputable choruses – such as Mars Hill College Choir (NC), Westminster Choir College Choir (NJ), Morgan State University choir, Towson University Choir, Furman University Choir and the Furman Chamber Choir – as a soloist. Notably, he was the baritone soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and tonight’s featured work, Messiah.
James studied voice at Towson University, graduated with a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from University of Phoenix, and has finished his second Masters Degree in Music (Choral Conducting) at Morgan State University under the supervision of Dr. Eric. Conway. He is the recipient of numerous awards – including the DeCosta Scholarship, Goldseker Scholarship (both from Morgan State University) Delegates Shawn Tarrant, Barbara Robinson, and Frank Conaway, Jr. Scholarships (Maryland), and Senator Catherine Pugh Scholarship, the Teacher Education Scholarship (University of Phoenix), and a host of other awards and accolades.
Currently, James is the church musician at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church and the Director of Music at Camp Dudley, Inc. (NY). He is the former Director of Choral Music of Noble and Greenough School, the Hun School of Princeton (NJ) and the Hackley School (NY).
Jonathan M. Pettus, a native of Baltimore, is currently an undergraduate music major at Morgan State University as well as founder and conductor of the Jonathan Pettus Chorale. While at Morgan, he was a recipient of the Nathan Carter Memorial Scholarship that recognizes students that demonstrate exemplary academic achievement and exceptional promise and talent in the area of music. While attending high school at the world-renowned Baltimore City College, he was privileged to study under Linda R. Hall and Marcus D. Smith—while acting as the student conductor.
Pettus has been blessed to share his gifts with people all over the world. He has traveled to Paris, Italy, Cuba, Spain, and Portugal and will be traveling to Austria, Bratislava, Germany, and South Africa in the summer of 2018.
In addition to conducting, Pettus made his debut—as a soloist—at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in 2015 where he got to share the stage with Joanna Ford and Kim Lam. He’s also been privileged to perform and/or share the stage with major conductors such Paul Rardin, Marin Alsop, and Tom Hall—just to name a few.
Pettus plans to graduate from Morgan State University in the fall of 2019 with an Undergraduate Degree in Music and Master’s Degree in Education through the five year MIT program and plans to get another Master’s degree in Choral Conducting.
Angelo Johnson Jr is not only one of the greatest Basso Profundo's of this generation, but also one of the greatest Choral Conductors. His intense, energetic, and exciting directing style is sure to command the attention of every choral member and audience. His own accomplishments are wide and vast as he has been a choral educator at his esteemed Alma Mater, Cleveland School of the Arts, Worked for Gia Publications, Sang and traveled with the unmatched Moses Hogan Chorale and singers, American Spiritual Ensemble, Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, and the Morgan State University Choir, and so many more world renowned ensembles. He is currently the Carter Legacy Singers Director . The Carter Legacy Singers is an ensemble formed to honor the late, Nathan Carter, Former Director of Morgan State University Choir. The ensemble hosts Morgan State University Choir Members of Past and Present. Angelo Johnson is a conductor and performer to remember!