DU Honors Jordanoff for 41 Years as Choral Conductor, Educator, Performer
Christine Jordanoff, renowned choral conductor, educator and performer in Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music, will be the guest of honor at a special retirement celebration on Sunday, May 5, in the Power Center Ballroom.
A member of the music school faculty for more than 40 years, Jordanoff has dedicated her life to educating the minds, hearts and spirits of the next generation of musicians and music educators. "After 41 years on the faculty, combined with almost six years as a student, I honestly can say that Duquesne University is part of my very being," said Jordanoff.
The retirement celebration will recognize her career, particularly her work as director of choral organizations and professor of music education in the music school and as artistic director and conductor of the Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh.
At Duquesne, Jordanoff conducts the Pappert Women's Chorale and the Voices of Spirit, which perform extensively throughout the year. The groups most recently performed in the widely acclaimed Music for the Spirit Festival for The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO).
As a professor, Jordanoff integrates her music education classes into her work with the Children's Festival Chorus to enhance the experience for both groups. The Children's Choir Lab course, the result of this partnership, provides a living laboratory in which music education students can demonstrate and hone their teaching techniques with young musicians in training.
Under her artistic direction, the Children's Festival Chorus has become a nationally renowned ensemble, performing with such artists as Marvin Hamlisch, the New York Voices, the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble, Robert Page, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit and numerous others. Jordanoff also has prepared choruses for numerous organizations, including the PSO, the Pittsburgh Opera, the Mendelssohn Choir, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and the River City Brass Band.
Looking back on her career, Jordanoff said she would best like to be remembered for her desire to make a difference. "As a child, my parents instilled in me the attitude to live my life so that the world might be a little better because I was in it," she said. "My hope is that the University community will remember me for always contributing my best by serving God by serving students."Jordanoff has a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in vocal performance from Duquesne. She is also a graduate of the Kodály Musical Training Institute and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, where she taught and conducted.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.