Chant Retreat Leaders

A specialist in Gregorian chant, and a member of the Gloriæ Dei Cantores Schola, Jim Jordan has cantored in 10 recordings of Gregorian chant, and assists in teaching chant for the daily offices and Eucharists at the Church of the Transfiguration. In conjunction with Gloriæ Dei Cantores, Jordan also conducts chant seminars- most recently at the University of Oklahoma and Newman University in Wichita, Kansas.

Dr. Jordan has been organist for Gloriæ Dei Cantores since 1988. Cited as performing both “authoritatively and sensitively” by the Boston Globe, and as a “superb performer,” by the American Record Guide, Dr. Jordan has performed on more than 35 recordings of Gloriæ Dei Cantores, with repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to the music of Samuel Adler.

James Jordan has studied Gregorian Chant extensively with Dr. Mary Berry in Cambridge, England, and in the U. S. Dr. Jordan earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from Southern Methodist University, studying with Robert Anderson. As a student of David Craighead, he received his Masters Degree, Doctorate and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He has published in the American Choral Review and was contributing author to American Sacred Choral Music and The Sacred Choral Music of J.S. Bach.

Sr. Evangeline Ingwersen, a religious Sister at the Community of Jesus, began singing Gregorian chant at the age of ten, when she first had the privilege of being taught by Dr. Mary Berry, one of the leading Gregorian chant scholars of the 20thcentury. Over the next 25 years she continued extensive studies of chant with Dr. Berry, including analysis, history, conducting and performance, at home and in Cambridge, UK. For more than twenty years she has sung in chant scholas both in the US and overseas. Sr. Evangeline teaches adults and children here at the Community of Jesus, and helps lead retreats and workshops in the US, UK, and Italy. In addition to Gregorian chant, Sr. Evangeline plays the viola, and is a member of the choir Gloriae Dei Cantores.

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