University of Arizona
College of Fine Arts - School of Music

Choral Studies

Jordan M. Shomper

Jordan M. Shomper is a second-year DMA student, studying with Dr. Elizabeth Schauer.  He serves as Chancel Choir Director and Coordinator of Music Ministries at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Tucson and is Choral Director of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Northwest Voices.  He has been on the faculties of Albright College (Reading, PA) and Ursinus College (Collegeville, PA).  While teaching in public school he taught sections of skill-based general music, music-directed musicals, and led multiple choral ensembles.  These ensembles consistently received Superior ratings at Music in the Parks, sang at local community events, and performed at the State Capitol Building.

Mr. Shomper was recognized as the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)-PA’s 2020 Outstanding Young Conductor.  He serves ACDA as a member of the App Development Committee for national and regional conferences.  An active guest conductor and clinician, he was selected as the 2022 Guest Conductor for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Berks Junior County Chorus and the 2022 Reading Choral Society Summer Sing.  Recent clinics include “Developing Your Department Culture” at the 2021 National Association for Music Educators Eastern Division Conference and “Come On and Commission!” at the 2023 ACDA-AZ Summer Conference.  He has written articles, “Maintaining Balance in Graduate School,” “Meeting in the Middle: Developing a Middle School Music Program,” and “The Art of Commissioning.”

Mr. Shomper received his bachelor’s in Music Education from Millersville University, studying with mentors Dr. Mark A. Boyle and Dr. Jeffrey Gemmell, and master’s in Choral Conducting at West Chester University with Dr. David DeVenney.

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