International winner Jordan Thomas has been described as “a profoundly intelligent musician, capable of being both sensitive and powerful”. After starting piano lessons at age 5 and harp at age 9, he was thoroughly committed to music. By the time he was in high school he was an award-winning harpist of considerable stature, winning regional and national gold medals. Jordan attended the Peabody Institute of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Ruth K. Inglefield for his Bachelor and Masters in Music with top performance prizes in both degrees. He was invited to be the only harpist to play in the Kennedy Center Conservatory Marathon Project. He has been featured on several professional recordings, most recently with the Keystone State Boys Choir in a performance tour of the Britten “Ceremony of Carols”, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. In the spring of 2013 he won first place in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, and performed the Ginastera Harp Concerto in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall. He was then invited to appear as a guest artist on the Composer’s Forum of the USA International Harp Competition in the summer of 2013. With a passion for new music, he has premiered works for the harp both solo and chamber. While in Chicago, he attend the Chicago College of Performing Arts, studying under Lyric Opera of Chicago Harpist Lynn Williams. He was also Principal Harpist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, studying under Chicago Symphony Orchestra Harpist Sarah Bullen. Jordan has performed with Award winning singers such as Gospel Kirk Franklin with the Matt Jones Orchestra which he won a Grammy, and is the personal Harpist for Jennifer Hudson.