Jordan Nelson - Composition Faculty


Jordan Nelson (b. 1984) is a composer of instrumental, vocal, electronic, and electro-acoustic music.  Jordan's compositions have been performed by NOW ensemble, HOCKET, USC Thornton Edge, Orchestra 2001, contemporaneous, the USC Thornton Symphony, Yale Schola Cantorum, the Hollywood Master Chorale, the Los Robles Master Chorale, WomenSing, and the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, among others.

Jordan’s recent projects have included music for soprano and string quartet (Tender Buttons), a commissioned work for the L.A. piano duo HOCKET (Slow The Light), a set of movements for solo piano (Four Interludes), a concerto for violin, four singers, and chamber ensemble (Source), and an album of electronic ambient music (Mornings).  Upcoming projects include a song cycle for mezzo-soprano, french horn, and piano, and a new work for four violins and spoken word written for MoVE.

Jordan teaches as part of the Music Theory and Ear Training faculty at the Colburn Conservatory.  In 2016, Jordan graduated with his D.M.A. in Composition from the University of Southern California (USC) Thornton School of Music.  Jordan earned his M.M. in Composition from the USC Thornton School of Music in 2009, and in 2006 earned his B.A. in Music from Yale University. 

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