It’s been nearly twenty years since Dr. James Jordan sat down and reflected on his own musical journey. In 1999 he took pen in hand to write The Musician’s Soul. In it he shares the vulnerability  of his personal music making and spiritual core to tap into a far deeper and inspired way of making music.

This video interview by JW Pepper gives more insight into Dr. Jordan’s process and outcomes.


The Musician’s Soul is in print through GIA Publications and may be order directly from the publisher, your favourite music store, or even available in some local University bookstores.

About James Jordan. Grammy-nominated conductor James Jordan is recognized and praised throughout the musical world as one of America’s pre-eminent conductors, writers, music psychologists and innovators in choral music. His more than 40 books explore both the philosophical and spiritual basis of musicianship, as well as aspects of choral rehearsal teaching and learning and are considered to be essential books in the conducting profession. At Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, USA he is professor and senior conductor, and he conducts Westminster Schola Cantorum and the critically acclaimed Westminster Williamson Voices. He is also director of the Westminster Conducting Institute and co-director of the Choral Institute at Oxford.

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