Jordan, Jules


American teacher, composer and conductor. Also a favorite singer in oratorio and concert. Born of Colonial ancesters, at Willimantic, Connecticut. He sang at Grace Church, Providence, Rhode Island, and later took vocal lessons from George Osgood in Boston, Sbriglia in Paris, and Shakespeare in London. For thirteen years was choirmaster of Grace Church, Providence, and has led the Arion Club since its foundation in 1880. He was the first to sing the part of Faust when Berlioz's Damnation of Faust was given for the first time in America in 1880. He is a successful teacher; is the leading vocal conductor in Providence and has gained a name for his compositions as well. Among them are an opera, Rip Van Winkle; the cantatas, The Night Service and Wind-Swept Wheat, both for solos, chorus and orchestra; the ballad, Barbara Frietchie, for chorus and orchestra; and songs both sacred and secular, the best known of which are the national hymn, Great Western Land, and the sacred songs, The Lost Sheep, for tenor solo and chorus; I Am the Vine; and Tantum Ergo, for bass and chorus. His best secular songs are Love's Sacrifice; An Old Song; Dutch Lullaby; and Stay by and Sing. His dramatic scene, Joel, was sung by Nordica at a musical festival in Worcester. In 1895 Brown College conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Music.