Sunday, July 30, 2017

Jordan Sommer | 3rd Prize | Piano 2017 | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition

A collaborative pianist and soloist at Kennesaw State University, Jordan Sommer is a devoted musician and teacher, exemplified through his work at school and with his students. As an artist, his purpose is to bring joy to others through the everlasting power of music.

Sommer’s studies at KSU have brought numerous solo performances, weekly accompanying opportunities, and increasing expertise working with singers and vocal repertoire. His work supporting vocalists led to award-winning performances at the 2016 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition. He performs regularly as pianist with the KSU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Piano Ensemble.

As a campus leader, Sommer has served in multiple positions for the KSU chapter of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). While serving as president, he arranged and hosted events including the 2016 Spring Recital and Winter Festival, and he was sponsored by the KSU School of Music to present at the statewide Georgia Music Teachers Association (GMTA) conference in Macon, Georgia.

An aspiring composer and conductor, Sommer has written, performed, and conducted his original works for solo piano, small ensembles, and full orchestra. In Spring 2017, he organized a concert titled “Blue Nocturne” to feature himself performing several piano works, a composition of his own, and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with a full orchestra.

Outside of school, Sommer gives lessons through two different instructional companies. He is recognized as an inspirational teacher, receiving positive feedback for the energy and excitement he brings to his students.

Whether through performing as soloist or part of an ensemble, accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists, composing and conducting, or through teaching his students, Jordan Sommer is continuously committed to sharing the joy of making music.