Dr. Jordan Taylor
Having lived in Ghana for almost 15 years, award-winning guitarist Jordan Taylor has developed a distinct taste for music of all cultures. He began his guitar studies with internationally acclaimed guitarist Valerie Hartzell, whose tutelage guided Jordan onto the international stage.
He has studied with such luminaries as David Russell, Eliot Fisk, Jason Vieaux, SoloDuo and the legendary Pepe Romero. Jordan is a ten-time prize winner in competitions across the United States including: The Music Academy of North Carolina Guitar Festival and Competition, the McCauley Chamber Music Competition, the University of Southern Mississippi Guitar Competition, Southern Guitar Festival International Competition, and the Classical Minds International Guitar Competition. Most notably, in 2016 Jordan was invited to perform as a finalist in the prestigious Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship Competition at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Jordan received his Bachelor’s of Music Performance with a minor in Audio Technology from Columbus State University, Schwob School of Music under the direction of Dr. Andrew Zohn and Dr. Matthew McCabe respectively. He received his Master’s in Music from the University of Louisville with Dr. Stephen Mattingly, where he received the Graduate Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Jordan currently holds a full teaching assistantship at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music where he attained his Doctorate of Musical Arts with world-renowned pedagogue, Julian Gray.
In 2014 Jordan self-released his debut album “Sketches”. Recorded in the beautiful Legacy Hall, this album includes works by Weiss, Bach, Bennett, Legnani, and the title composition “Sketches of a Memory” for guitar and electronics by Jordan.
Along with an active performance schedule, Jordan is active in the recording industry. He was tracking engineer of the CSU trombone ensemble recording “A Beautiful Noise” released in 2014 through Summit Records. This album was a three-year project that featured guest soloists such as Charlie Vernon, James Markey, and Joseph Alessi. Most recently Jordan was the mixing engineer for the Sony Music recording “Angeline” by international star Justin Miller.
Jordan is the creator and director of the Ghana National Music Festival in Ghana’s capital city of Accra. The GNMF is not only Ghana’s first classical music festival but also the first ever long-term collaboration in this field between Ghana and the United States. With a purpose of both promoting the arts within Ghana’s youth population and cultivating international collaboration, the GNMF has sparked the flames of a revolution in Ghana’s classical music culture and is setting the stage for artistic exchange between the two countries.
While not pursuing his adventures with the guitar, Jordan stays active as a husband and father of two while studying the music of the West African griots.