B i o g r a p h y
Hailed as an "organ star" (The Baltimore Sun) whose playing "encompasses the church in a wild wind" (The Washington Post), Jordan Prescott has established himself as one of the leading organists, conductors, and academics of his generation. Jordan is a member of the music theory faculty at Peabody Conservatory having previously taught on the keyboard faculty at the University of Maryland – Baltimore County. He currently serves as Organist-Choirmaster at Grace and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in downtown Baltimore. A respected conductor and rehearsal technician, Jordan leads the Grace and St. Peter’s Choir in more than 65 choral liturgies annually. Prescott is committed to expanding the musical canon and choirs under his direction have a commitment to the performance of music by historically excluded composers. Additionally, he has commissioned and premiered more than a dozen pieces of new sacred choral music.
As a solo recitalist, Jordan performs extensively across the United States including appearances at West Point Military Academy Cadet Chapel, Princeton University Chapel, Washington National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.), Grace Cathedral (San Francisco), St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York City). As an ensemble musician, Jordan has appeared under the batons of Marin Alsop, Nicolas McGegan, Anthony Blake Clark, and Joseph Young. Jordan earned first prize in the 16th International Organ Competition at West Chester University and was named one of Diapason magazine’s ’20 Under 30.’ Jordan’s research has been published in The American Organist and Tracker magazines and he regularly presents conference workshops, guest lectures, and masterclasses.
Jordan is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Peabody Conservatory where he also holds the Master of Music. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the music of Herbert Howells and elements of continental modernity therein. Jordan’s teachers have included John Walker, Andrew Scanlon, and Christopher Jacobson. Additionally, he has studied in Paris with Marie-Louise Langlais.
An active member of the American Guild of Organists, Jordan holds the organization’s Associateship diploma. He is an avid distance runner and a finisher of the Baltimore Marathon. Jordan lives in downtown Baltimore with his beagle, Dorabella.