Obituary of Paul X. Jordan – my friend, my teacher, my mentor.

New Haven AGO member and past Sub-Dean Dr. Paul Jordan passed away on March 1, 2015, having attained the age of 74.

Paul Jordan, recorder player and organist/pianist (as well as conductor and composer), is a professor of music emeritus at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He was born in New York City and educated there, was a choirboy at Church of the Intercession in NYC, was also educated in Germany and Havana, Cuba, attended Harvard and Columbia universities, acquiring degrees from the State Music Academy in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, State Degree in Sacred Music (3-yr. course), Yale University School of Music, Master of Music, and the American Conservatory (of Chicago), Doctor of Musical Arts.

Mr. Jordan held a Solo Recitalist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and has concertized in more than a hundred venues around the world; his recording of J. S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue is available  Locally, he founded and conducted the New Haven Buxtehude Project of singers and instrumentalists, which in 2007 and 2008 appeared in concerts in New Haven, Cheshire and Waterbury.  Earlier in his career, Paul Jordan emphasized the recorder, appearing widely with the New York Trio da Camera, and — in Bach’s 4th Brandenburg Concerto — with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein.

Main teachers:

Carolyn and Alfred Mann, recorder

Tui St. George Tucker, recorder

Emil Platen, mus. theory/history, conducting, composition

Anton Biersack, Irwin Fischer, Jerome Laszloffy, conducting

Kurt Hessenberg, composition /  Karl Koehler, liturgical organ playing

Hanns Eppink, Grete Sultan, Karl Weiss, piano

Maria Jaeger, harpsichord

Helmut Walcha, organ

Arthur Poister, Charles Krigbaum, organ

Lipphardt, music history / Gerstenmeier, church history


as church musician:

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Hillsdale, NJ

United Church on the Green (Congregational), New Haven (ten years)

Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Binghamton, NY

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Owego, NY

Stratford United Methodist Church, Stratford, CT (five years)

First Congregational Church, Guilford, CT

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Woodbury, CT

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Madison, CT

First Church of Christ Scientist, Westport, CT

as educator (instructor & professor):

Neighborhood Music School, New Haven, CT

Rocky Ridge Music Center, Estes Park, CO

Chestnut Hill Creative Arts Center, Killingworth, CT

California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA)

American Conservatory of Music (Chicago, IL)

State Univ. of N.Y. @ Binghamton

as conductor:

Sacred Concerts I-V, U.C. on the Green

guest conductor, Evang. Kirche am Lietzensee, Berlin

guest orchestra cond., Cal. Inst. of the Arts, Florida Festival

Collegium Musicum, and orchestra, S.U.N.Y. @ Binghamton

founder-conductor, New Haven Buxtehude Project

as organ recitalist:

concerts in U.S.A., Germany (ca. 100, mostly Lutheran churches), France, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland,

Austria, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Australia, Israel, England

as recording artist:

two organ double-albums of Bach, Little Organ Book, nominated by the German Phono Academy, for Deutscherschallplattenpreis (German Grammy Award)

From Amsterdam to Leipzig (organ)

Buxtehude, Moondog & Co. (organ)

three albums as recorder player

(singer: counter-tenor) in the New York Pro Musica Motet Choir & with the Antiqua Players of Pittsburgh

Special Credits:

Solo Recitalist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts

Private grant for composition in southern France

Award for Bach Interpretation, Fondation Europeenne de la Culture

appearance as recorder player with the N. Y. Philharmonic (L. Bernstein, cond.)

participant (2 summers — in various capacities) at the Oregon Bach Festival  (H. Rilling, cond.)

radio broadcasts in Berlin, Hannover, Frankfurt

‘figure’ in biographies of Helmut Walcha, William Sloane Coffin, Jr., Moondog

Referenced in Connecticut Explored, Vol. 13, Winter 2104 in article about Minister William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

Author of articles in Musik und Kirche, The American Organist, The American Recorder,  The Diapason (3 articles on Helmut Walcha)

Past Sub-Dean and member, American Guild of Organists, New Haven, CT Chapter

Member, Schola Cantorum of the St. Gregory Society (New Haven)

Paul Jordan is survived by his wife, Xilin, and son Libai.

Condolences may be sent to:

Xilin F. Jordan

2295 State Street

Hamden, CT06517


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2 Responses to Obituary of Paul X. Jordan – my friend, my teacher, my mentor.

  1. Libai Jordan says:

    Hi, Paul’s son Libai here. Stumbled upon this after looking up his name online and really appreciate your post and this impressive list of his accomplishments! Just one small correction that he died at 75, a few days before his 76th birthday. Congratulations on your degree–I’m glad my father helped you get so far.

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