Florida school for the gifted commissions musical work from FHSU professor


HAYS, Kan. – Dr. Jeff Jordan, associate professor of music at Fort Hays State University, has been commissioned for an original composition for the 50th anniversary of Pine View High School for the Gifted in Sarasota, Fla.

Jordan was approached by a former classmate, Victor Mongillo, who is the band director at Pine View, to compose a work for the wind ensemble.

Jordan will travel to Sarasota to conduct the premier performance.

“I was looking to go beyond a traditional fanfare type of celebration format,” said Jordan, “and to do something reflective of the work ethic and drive necessary to succeed at Pine View.”

“Symbolic of the journey students at Pine View experience, the piece features a driving theme and another contrasting idea, which come together for a bold conclusion,” said Jordan.

“The piece is titled ‘Sure Stars Shining,’ from a poem titled ‘There Will Be Rest’ by Sara Teasdale, and was suggested by my wife,” said Jordan.

Jordan has commissioned other pieces for the FHSU Concert Choir, the High Plains Music Camp and the 2015 Kansas Music Educators All-State convention.


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