Mostly about me...
As a percussionist, Jordan Nielsen’s ‘sharp focus and intense attention’ has created many musical opportunities for a young professional. Early on he was captivated with percussionist Lynn Vartan’s album Dancing on the Head of Pin. Thankfully he now refers to her as a mentor and friend through his attendance at Southern Utah University. After graduating from SUU with his BM and as the ‘Outstanding Graduate in Music” he was awarded a Teaching Assistantship at the University of Missouri-Columbia for the position as a percussionist in the school’s New Music Ensemble. This ensemble has allowed him to record and/or premiere for a variety of composers, most notably including Daniel Vega, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Niko Schroeder, and Yoshiaki Onishi. At MU he is currently pursuing his Master of Music Performance and an Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate.
Along his undergraduate degree path, he quickly realized a love for teaching, specifically in private studio settings. While at SUU he taught many lessons to students ranging from 5-70 years of age. He has taught all aspects of percussion and beginning piano. Currently, in the Columbia, MO area, he maintains a private teaching studio; JN Percussion. He is also the Front Ensemble Technician for the Hickman High School Marching Band. Under his leadership, the HHS front ensemble has achieved many high rankings in competitive marching events including the title “Best Percussion Section.”
As a continually gigging percussionist, his timpani playing has been heard in the opera Die Fledermaus, the cantata Carmina Burana, and several orchestral settings including the Orchestra of Southern Utah. As a lover of musicals, his drumset/percussion has been heard in runs of Little Shop of Horrors (a personal favorite of his), Fun Home(Jordan’s all-time favorite musical memory), Mamma Mia!, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fiddler on the Roof, and 42nd Street. In addition, he premiered and arranged the percussion ensemble arrangement of Robert Oetomo’s concerto for marimba Soar, in 2019. In competition, he has been awarded 1st place in the Chamber Music category (2015 Utah Day of Percussion), 1st place in the College Timpani Solo category (2017 UDP), 2nd place in the College Keyboard Solo Category (2019 UDP), and achieved a “Superior” rating in the Collegiate Marimba Category at the 2020 Mid-Missouri Percussive Arts Trophy. Upcoming performances will be held throughout Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and a tour through South America with MU’s New Music Ensemble premiering several works by composers from MU.
Of course, a career in the arts isn’t confined to just one avenue. Jordan has also worked as an audio engineer for private hire, for the Heritage Center Theater, and Simon Fest Theater Company, with Heartland Marimba as a performer and engineer, and a special occasion with M.A.R.S. (Mobile Audio Recording Services) on the record Lou Harrison: Works for Percussion, Violin, and Piano through Albany Records. He has also worked in the visual arts field as the Graphic Designer and Marketing Specialist for A.P.E.X. Events and currently for Heartland Marimba as the Project Assistant, an organization with a special place in his heart. Jordan is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and the PAS Diversity Alliance. More about him and his work can be found at his website: jnpercussion.com.