Conductor, educator and singer Jordan Saul has demonstrated compassionate rigor and social relevance in teaching and engaged programming in performance. Students in the Women’s Glee Club and those who study choral music education experience and develop skills in collaborative artistry, culturally responsive pedagogy, and impactful community involvement.
As a conductor, Saul places great emphasis on musical and personal skill building through programming by prioritizing historically underrepresented voices. As an advocate of new music, Saul develops performance opportunities for student composers, and magnifies works by women and women of color. Collaborating with artists of diverse media and experience provides rich opportunity for meaningful, lasting impact. Saul has produced programs with the Spelman Glee club, composer B. E. Boykin, former papal organist Sandor Kadar, the band Delta Rae, Project Runway All-Stars alumna Valerie Mayen, and many community and business partners.
As an educator, Saul models active citizen engagement through current and best practices in choral pedagogy and also through involvement in student advocacy and service organizations similar to and including Alternative Breaks. Saul teaches the "what" through rigorous content exploration, the "how" through active coaching and modeling, and the "why" through experiential learning.
As a mezzo-soprano, Saul has been privileged to sing under the direction of Alan Gilbert, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Solonen and Simon Rattle. Such musical perspectives honed in Saul the unwavering belief that pathways to mountaintop musical experiences ought not be reserved for a few, but made accessible to larger communities of people. As the artistic director of the Medina Chorus, Saul applies her demanding pedagogy and unique programming to expanding communities in Ohio.
Prior to joining the Ohio State faculty, Jordan Saul was associate director of choral activities and professor of music education at the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University. Saul earned a bachelor of music degree from the University of Arizona, graduating summa cum laude. She studied there with Elizabeth Schauer, Gary Cook and Lynnel Joy Jenkins. She earned a master of music at Westminster Choir College, graduating with honors. There she studied with Joe Miller, James Jordan, Amanda Quist, Andrew Megill and Christopher Arneson.
Conference Performances and Presentations
- "Moirai: Sisters of Fate." Invited performance of the BW Treble Choir, 2019 Ohio Music Educators Conference
- "Chiaroscuro." Invited performance of the BW Community Women's Chorus, 2019 Ohio Music Educators Conference
- "Recruit, Rehearse, Retain: Strategies for a Thriving Choral Program.” Invited presentation, 2018 Ohio Music Educator's Conference
- "Service Learning: What it is, What it isn’t, How to Do it and Why it Matters." Invited presentation, 2018 Ohio Music Educator's Conference