Darrell J. Jordan, lyric baritone, has been praised for his "resplendent" presence (Chicago Classical Review), expressive tone and "appealingly sung" voice (Chicago Tribune), and has been called "the star of the show" (Columbia Heart Beat). His extensive repertoire spans from early renaissance music to new, modern compositions. Originally from St. Louis, MO, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Psychology and Music, and a Master's of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Missouri. Recent vocal instruction has come from both Ann Harrell and Steven Tharp. In demand as a recitalist and concert soloist, his recent solo engagements include Vaughan Williams' Hodie and Orff's Carmina Burana with Missouri S&T and the Rolla Choral Arts Society, Handel's Messiah with Columbia's Civic Orchestra, Mozart's Coronation Mass, and Beethoven's Fantasia in c minor, Op. 80 with the University of Missouri Philharmonic. He has also appeared with Winter Opera Saint Louis, Haymarket Opera Company, and has been a soloist for the Amherst Early Music Festival, the Institute for 17th Century Music, and Odyssey Chamber Music Series. Mr. Jordan recently gave the North America premier of Bassani's forgotten bass cantata, L'Ombra di Mustafa Cara, at the Amherst Early Music Festival. Previous roles have been Count Almaviva from Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo from Così fan tutte, Dandini from La Cenerentola, and Papageno from The Magic Flute. Mr. Jordan has performed well at the national level having been selected as a semi-finalist in the Young Artist division for the prestigious Orpheus Vocal Competition, and as a finalist in The American Prize Vocal Competition. Most recently, he made his solo recording debut with world-renowned organist and composer, Wolfgang Reisinger.
Mr. Jordan is a member of Early Music America, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and Pi Kappa Lambda, in addition to being a McNair Scholar. He is currently a staff singer at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia, MO. Mr. Jordan also serves on the music faculty as an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Missouri, the Swinney Conservatory of Music at Central Methodist University, and Columbia College. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is also the business manager for the Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri. Mr. Jordan is a member of the professional early music ensemble, Pro-Arte Early Music of Saint-Louis, and recently co-founded the new vocal chamber ensemble, Vox Nova. He has held master classes for Columbia College, various high schools throughout Missouri, and is an adjudicator for local, statewide, and regional vocal competitions in Missouri and Kansas.