Dr. James Jordan
Dr. James Jordan has been organist for Gloriæ Dei Cantores since 1988. Cited as performing both “authoritatively and sensitively” by the Boston Globe, and as a “superb performer,” by American Record Guide, Dr. Jordan has performed on more than 35 recordings of Gloriæ Dei Cantores, with repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to the music of Samuel Adler. He has served as a member of the Gloriæ Dei Cantores teaching staff for over 25 years and continues to work as Sheet Music Editor for Paraclete Press.
A specialist in Gregorian chant, Dr. Jordan studied with Dr. Mary Berry in Cambridge, England. As a member of the Gloriæ Dei Cantores Schola since 1988, he has cantored on 10 recordings of Gregorian chant and assists in teaching chant for the daily offices and Eucharist at the Church of the Transfiguration. In conjunction with Gloriæ Dei Cantores, Jordan also conducts chant seminars—most recently at the University of Oklahoma and Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Jordan earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from Southern Methodist University, studying with Robert Anderson. As a student of David Craighead, he received his Masters Degree, Doctorate, and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He has published in the American Choral Review, and was contributing author to American Sacred Choral Music: An Overview and Handbook (Paraclete Press, 2001). and The Sacred Choral Music of J.S. Bach (Paraclete, 1997).
Dr. David Chalmers
Dr. David Chalmers, a performer of wide-ranging interests and experience, has given numerous organ concerts in the United States and abroad, including engagements in New York, Pittsburgh, Nashville, West Point, many American Guild of Organists Chapters throughout the country, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, Princeton University, and most recently at Trinity Church in Boston, MA, and Washington National Cathedral. His foreign appearances have included such notable venues as St. Sulpice in Paris, Conservatory Hall and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and St. John’s College Chapel, Cambridge, at the invitation of the late George Guest.
A native of Newark, Delaware, Dr. Chalmers began organ studies with Lee Dettra, and received his Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, where he studied with George Markey. He received the master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with David Craighead. The winner of a Fulbright Fellowship, Dr. Chalmers spent two years studying in Paris with Daniel Roth, specializing in French organ music of the nineteenth century. Dr. Chalmers has been featured on the Gloriæ Dei Cantores recordings Leo Sowerby: American Master of Sacred Song and Peace Be With You (J.S. Bach). He also collaborated with James Jordan and SharonRose Pfeiffer on the recording Olivier Messiaen: The Mystical Colors of Christ. He is a contributing author to American Sacred Music: An Overview and Handbook (Paraclete Press, 2001).