Lecturer, Bassoon and Aural Skills
Dr. Robert D. Jordan, served as a bassoonist with the United States Air Force Bands for over twenty years. In that capacity, he presented recitals, master classes, and was a frequently featured soloist on tours throughout the United States and Europe. He is a recipient of the prestigious Colonel Findlay R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award, the highest award amongst all military musicians. He is a former Airman of the Year, Non Commissioned Officer of the Year, and Air Force Sergeants Association Bandsman of the Year. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Columbus, Dayton Philharmonic, Fox Valley, Greenville, Macon, Milwaukee, Opera Columbus, Plymouth, Saint Louis Philharmonic, Savannah, Springfield, Waukesha, and West Virginia Symphony Orchestras among others.
Dr. Jordan holds degrees from Louisiana State University, the University of Michigan, The Ohio State University and a Performer's Certificate from UW-Milwaukee Institute of Chamber Music. A sought after teacher, professor, and chamber music coach, his teaching appointments have included the University of Dayton, Denison University, Heidelberg College, The Ohio State University, Tiffin University, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Sinclair Community College, and presently at McKendree University, Missouri Baptist University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Southwest Illinois College, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
An avid and active chamber musician, Dr. Jordan was a five-time semifinalist in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and a two-time winner in the Milwaukee Civic Music Association Competition. Two of the chamber ensembles of which he was a member won grants from the National Endowment of the Arts. He currently performs as a member of the Washington Street Trio, which includes clarinetist and McKendree University Professor Mary Nan Jordan, and the pianist, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Professor Emeritus, Stephen Brown.
For five years, he served as Vice President and competition chair of Chamber Music Yellow Springs. He has also judged at the Southern Illinois Young Artist Competition and the Bowling Green State University Bassoon Solo Competition. He has commissioned and premiered works by Daniel Baldwin, Stephen Brown, Bill Douglas, Andrew Callo, David Campo, Damian Montano, David Ott, Dean Smith, James M. Stephenson, and Arthur Weisberg, and has presented at the 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014 International Double Reed Society Conferences as well as the 2012 ClarinetFest.
Dr. Jordan’s teachers include many of the leading bassoon pedagogues of the twentieth and twenty first century - L. Hugh Cooper, James Keyes, William Ludwig, John Patterson, Robert Thompson, Christopher Weait, and Robert Williams. He also studied with Leonard Hindell, K. David Van Hoesen, Stephen Maxym, John Miller, Sol Schoenbach, Milan Turkovic’, Charles Ullery, Arthur Weisberg, and William Winstead.
Additionally, Dr. Jordan is the CEO of Weisberg Systems, LLC where he coordinates the further development of innovations for bassoon inspired by Arthur Weisberg. He has given lectures on bassoon acoustics at several International Double Reed Conferences and at numerous universities throughout the United States.