October 08, 2019

Susquehanna University’s Jordan Randall Smith has received national recognition for his work as music director of Baltimore’s Symphony Number One.

Smith, visiting assistant professor of music and conductor of the Susquehanna University Symphony Orchestra, received the American Prize’s second place award for orchestral conducting for his work conducting Symphony Number One, which is Baltimore’s newest chamber orchestra.

Symphony Number One is dedicated to performing and promoting substantial works by emerging composers.

The Baltimore-based chamber orchestra itself won the American Prize in its own category of Orchestral Performance for their 2017-2018 season, which included the release of a fourth album, three major world premieres, a hip-hop collaboration and a performance at TEDxMidAtlantic 2017.

The American Prize is a series of non-profit, national competitions designed to recognize and reward the very best in the performing arts in the United States — at community and professional levels. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually.

Smith is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in conducting at the Peabody Conservatory. He received his master’s degree in orchestral conducting at Texas Tech University.