"The audience not only enjoy a beautiful concert, but also storytelling... The experience is original, rich, and striking."
- Frank Mosselman, Cultuurbrigade
"... a depth to her that manifests in her own performances... ability to connect with her audience in that same, almost spiritual way..." - Guardian TT
"...on the classical stage the performances were of a particularly high level. Here especially that of Nicole Jordan (Trinidad/Canada) which raised eyerows..." - Party Mania
"...like a musical painting or a painting set to music..." - Written in Music
Nicole lives in The Netherlands and loves to bring her eclectic background and experience to the concert stage. She is involved in many classical and cross-over collaborations with musicians from different genres. She expresses her love of music, story-telling, and interdisciplinary arts with her group, Alchemy Ensemble. Alchemy creates new theatre based on classical and traditional vocal repertoire. Alchemy is also a foundation that supports other singers with their creative projects.
Nicole has recorded and sung as a soloist with many international ensembles, and in March 2014 she made her debut with the Royal Danish Opera in the role of the Strawberry Woman in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess. Nicole is regularly asked to create unique classical programs for festivals and is known for her excellence, energy, and easy connection with her audiences. She performs often with pianist Celia Garcia-Garcia and in 2012 they recorded their album ‘Sweet Solitude‘ with music by Samuel Barber and Canadian composer Jeff Enns. This music was the core of an Alchemy Ensemble dance production of the same name.
Nicole holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Music Performance Studies from Sheffield University. She has a Master of Music Psychology from Keele University, and an honours undergraduate Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Acadia University. A “singer-scholar”, Nicole has a passionate interest in the psyche of the performing artist. She has researched extensively and spoken at many conferences on the topic of musical identity. In 2012 – 2013 she was a Visiting Artist in Voice at the University of Trinidad & Tobago, Academy for the Performing Arts. Since 2014, Nicole has been an Artistic Research Coach in the Masters classical music program at the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam, where she makes her home.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
PhD, Music Performance Studies | University of Sheffield, UK
Musical group identification and musical behaviour.
Master, Music Psychology | Keele University, UK
Meditation as a tool for relaxation prior to performance for undergaraduate musicians.
Bachelor of Music | Acadia University, CAN
Vocal Performance. Honours degeree.
ENSEMBLES & ROLES
Porgy & Bess - Gershwin | Royal Danish Opera
Strawberry Woman | John Doyle
Various | Alchemy Ensemble
Soloist | Nicole Jordan
Various | The Harp Consort
Soloist | Andrew Lawrence-King
RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS
Davidson, J.W. & Jordan, N.D. (2006). ‘Private Teaching, Private Learning’: An exploration of music instrument learning in the private studio, the junior and senior conservatories. In L. Bressler (Ed.), Handbook of Research in Arts Education (pp. 729-754). Netherlands: Springer.
Tarrant, M. & Jordan, N. (2006) Social identity and young people’s attitudes towards health. Psychology and Health, 21: 151-151.
2006-2007 - Research assitsant for Prof Adrian North, Department of Psychology, University of Leicester, UK. ‘Musical Preference and Taste Survey’ Article here.
2003 Research assistant for Dr. Alex Lamont, Department of Psychology, Keele University, UK. ‘Toddlers Musical Worlds’ from the British Broadcasting Corporation: ‘Child of Our Times’.
2002 Research assistant for Prof Fergus Craik Department of Psychology, Craik Memory Lab, University of Toronto, CAN. Human memory and attention across the adult life span.
Jordan, N.D. (2008). ‘Singers: Identity and Practice Behaviour’. 2nd European Conference on Developmental Psychology of Music, Roehampton University. London.
Jordan, N.D. (2006). ‘Singers’ Identity, Attitude and Behavioural Intentions’. Music, Mind and Medicine Symposium at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.
Jordan, N.D. (2006). ‘The Social Psychology of Quitting Music’. The Reflective Conservatoire: Apprentices and Sorcerers?, Guildhall School of Music and Drama.