Choral conductor Jordan Van Biert is based in Edmonton, AB, Canada where he is Artistic Director of the chamber choir Chronos Vocal Ensemble, the community chorus Vocal Alchemy, and the daytime choir called Ante Meridiem. He also directs music at Trinity Lutheran Church, where he conducts choirs in English and German. He is in demand as a clinician, workshop leader, diction coach, and adjudicator.
Founded in fall 2013, Chronos Vocal Ensemble has produced many well-received concerts, performed in numerous collaborative productions in Edmonton and beyond, presented at the Alberta Music Conference and the University of Alberta, and received invitations to perform throughout Western Canada in coming seasons. Most recently, the ensemble has released its debut recording, been awarded the Healey Willan Grand Prize in the biannual National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, and been invited to perform at Podium 2016.
It is from a singer’s point of view that Jordan approaches choral conducting; he has sung in many notable ensembles including the National Youth Choir, and now performs as much as possible with professional ensembles. He has performed extensively with Pro Coro Canada since 2006, and regularly appears with Luminous Voices, Calgary’s professional choir.
Jordan has participated as Conducting Fellow with the Canadian Chamber Choir, and has conducted several other prominent North American ensembles in concert: the Vancouver Chamber Choir (2009 National Conductors’ Symposium), the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Elora Festival Singers (2016 Choral Conductors’ Symposium) and the Norfolk Festival Chamber Choir (2008 Yale Summer School of Music program). Between 2007 and 2013 he produced a series of Bach Project concerts in Edmonton featuring sacred music for chamber choir, and in 2009 founded Illuminations Choir, with whom he produced two events for Edmonton’s Winter Light festival. In 2011 and 2013 he conducted and co-produced two Victoria May Sing choral projects in Victoria BC.
A native of Edmonton and a graduate of the University of Alberta (MMus, Choral Conducting) and The King’s University College (BMus, Piano), his conducting teachers have been Timothy Shantz and Debra Cairns; he has also been coached by Noel Edison, Michael Zaugg, Julia Davids, Robert Sund, Ivars Taurins, Jon Washburn and Simon Carrington.
As an educator, he taught piano and music theory privately for 15 years, taught choir for two years at Concordia High School, and instructed in aural skills in the University of Alberta Department of Music. He spent the 2011-2012 Season as interim conductor of Edmonton Youth Choir. Since 2012 he has been Executive Director of Singspiration, a summer choral camp for youth at Concordia University of Edmonton, allowing him to pursue a passion for the growth of choral singing for all ages in Edmonton and Alberta.