Originally from: New Orleans, LA
Now reside in: Jackson, MS
How did you get started playing an instrument?
I come from a family of musicians, so playing an instrument was a natural thing for me. I chose violin because I loved the sound of it. My Grandfather also played and several of my mother’s siblings played violin.
How long have you performed with ROCO?
I have been with ROCO since the beginning. I couldn’t play the first season because I was in a terrible car accident and had a broken arm. ROCO held a place for me, that was great.
What do you do musically when you’re not playing with ROCO?
I perform with the Carter Quartet at Loyola University, I conduct the Jackson State String Ensemble, and I also perform with Music Alive Ensemble in New Orleans. I perform with my brothers and sister on some Jazz Gigs occasionally.
What are you listening to on your IPHONE/mobile music device? What’s your favorite App?
I listen to Stephanie and Marlon Jordan my family, John Coltrane, Shirley Horm, Leontyne Price, Awadagin Pratt, Lori Sims.
Interests outside music:
I love the Arts. Dance, visual arts etc. Sports, especially tennis. I am interested in so many things, it would be hard to pin point one thing.
What makes ROCO special to you?
Every time we come together we really try to make music. We succeed often because there is so much effort in our preparation.
What makes Houston unique and inspiring for you?
Houston has a cultural scene. People are really trying to maintain the arts ad Artist.
RACHEL JORDAN a Professor of Violin at Jackson State University, a member of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra In Houston, Texas, and a member of the Carter Quartet at Loyola University in New Orleans , has served as adjunct faculty at Xavier University, Southern University, and Dillard University in New Orleans. Ms. Jordan was also a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans for 12 years.
Ms. Jordan received both her Bachelor of Music and her Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland where she studied with Berl Senofsky.
Rachel has performed with her siblings for Jazz at Lincoln Center Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert, as well as numerous concerts throughout the United States. Ms. Jordan also performs on and is the executive producer of the Marlon Jordan Featuring Stephanie Jordan CD titled “You Don’t Know What Love Is.” In addition, Ms. Jordan co-manages J Group Consulting, a family music management entity.
Rachel has been a featured performer in numerous solo recitals, most notable the Kennedy Center, the Mozart Festival in Salzburg, Austria, the Music Center of Houston, the Mozart Festival in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Ms Jordan performed, “The Lark Ascending” with Jackson State University Orchestra for the Congressional Black Caucus Inaugural Ceremony of President Barack Obama.
While at Dillard University, Rachel Jordan started the Jesse Dent Recital series, which features African American Musicians performing classical music. She also produces the annual “An Afternoon of Classical Music” chamber music series sponsored by the New Orleans Chapter of the Links and a fully staged Jazz concert entitled “Stephanie with Strings.”
Ms. Jordan is also the founding director and artistic director of the “Music Alive Ensemble”, a classical and jazz ensemble of musicians, composers, and arrangers. Music Alive ensemble through it’s concerts perpetuates cultural diversity and finds common ground through collaboration.
Rachel is the fifth performer from a family of New Orleans bred musicians. She is the daughter of saxophonist Edward “Kidd” Jordan. Siblings include flutist Kent, trumpeter Marlon, and vocalist Stephanie Jordan.