Jordan Boyd – Associate Music Director
Jordan D. Boyd is an active conductor and singer based in Charleston, South Carolina. Boyd currently serves as the Director of Choral Activities for the Berkeley Center for the Arts (BCA) at Goose Creek High School. Previously, Boyd worked to build the choral program at Cane Bay Middle School. As an educator, Boyd leads a choral program of approximately 100 students across three performing ensembles. His ensembles have received high praise and ratings at state choral festivals. His ensembles have been lauded for their “beautiful tone” and “incredible musicianship”. In addition to directing the choral program, Boyd teaches Music Theory and Music History courses and directs BCA’s musical productions.
Outside of his role as an educator, Boyd serves as the Associate Music Director for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, a 130 voice volunteer ensemble that performs several concerts a year with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Boyd also serves as the director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Singers. Boyd has prepared the Chamber Singers for annual performances of Handel’s Messiah under the direction of Ken Lam (2017, 2016) and Dr. Robert Taylor (2015). He is currently preparing the Chamber Singers for a Schubertiade style concert with the CSO. Additionally, in October of 2016, the CSO Chamber Singers performed a program of Bach Cantatas with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
Boyd is also the Assistant Conductor and Principal Bass of the Taylor Festival Choir, a professional chamber ensemble based in Charleston that was placed on the GRAMMY ballot for their most recent recording that included a world-premiere of Michael McGlynn’s Celtic Mass. Most recently, Boyd conducted the ensemble as part of a benefit concert for the MUSC Hollings Cancer Research Center.
As a performer, Boyd has been working to build a performance resume as a countertenor. Most recently, he was the featured soloist in Berstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Taylor Festival Choir. Boyd has recently joined the roster of Small Opera, a nomadic opera company in Charleston. He also has appeared as a soloist in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival’s Celtic Arts Series. As a lyric baritone, Boyd has appeared as the title role in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Ko-Ko in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, and Marco in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Hi most recent operatic performances included premiers of new works with the North American New Opera Workshop (NANOWorks) in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is an active performer in the Charleston area and often sings at various churches in town. As a choral artist, he has appeared as a featured soloist with the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble under the director of GRAMMY-winning director Craig Hella Johnson.
Boyd holds a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance and Theory/Composition from the College of Charleston and Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied conducting under the tutelage of Dr. Earl Rivers and Dr. Brett Scott.