Kisma Jordan
Kisma Jordan (left) with Myra Merritt, her voice teacher

BGSU music major invited to sing at Carnegie Hall

BGSU vocal student Kisma Jordan has been selected to perform in a master class at Carnegie Hall with famed American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne.

Jordan, a second-year graduate student in the College of Musical Arts, will take part in the class on Jan. 24 at Zankel Hall of the Carnegie Hall Complex.

The BGSU student met Horne last fall when Horne was the inaugural artist of the Helen McMaster Endowed Professorship in Vocal and Choral Studies at the University and presented master classes on campus. Horne personally invited Jordan to perform in one of her master classes after her session with the young singer.

The New York class is part of "The Song Continues...," a weeklong, six-event series of recitals and master classes presented by the Weill Education Institute at Carnegie Hall in partnership with the Marilyn Horne Foundation.

Jordan, who is from Detroit, studies voice with Myra Merritt, music performance studies. She is also the recipient of a Winifred O. Stone Graduate Student Development Fund scholarship and a graduate assistant at the University.

She was seen in the role of Aurora in Francesco Cavalli's “Gli Amori d'Apollo e di Dafne” with Bowling Green Opera Theater in November and, as one of two winners in the graduate division in the college's 38th annual Competitions in Music Performance, appeared as a featured soloist with the Toledo Symphony in December.

In February, Jordan will appear as Pamina in the spring opera production of Mozart's “The Magic Flute” and will be a featured soloist with the Bowling Green Philharmonia on campus.

The winner of the graduate division in the college's 2005 Marjorie Conrad Peatee Art Song Competition, she placed second in voice in the Tuesday Musical Club scholarship competition in Akron .

She also has received awards in the Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists (formerly the Leontyne Price Competition) and from the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Jordan received her bachelor's degree in voice from Kentucky State University .

January 17, 2006