Ms. Jordana has been working as a professional musician and educator in the Bay Area for some time. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at San Jose State University where she also studied choral and orchestral conducting. While completing her studies, she performed with numerous professional groups including a cappella ensembles +4db, SoVoSo, Opera San Jose, and served as the assistant conductor to the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Jordana was also commissioned to write the “De Anza College Jingle” broadcast on radio stations throughout the Bay Area.
As a choral teacher, her groups have been chosen to sing on televised performances including one chosen by the Oakland Raiders organization. While completing her Teaching Credential in Secondary Education Music at San Jose State University, she served as a fellow with the California Music Project assisting music teachers in low-income schools. Ms. Jordana’s studies also include Levels I and II Kodály training from Holy Names University where she awarded a scholarship by the Northern California Association of Kodály Educators. Active in the Bay Area arts community, Ms. Jordana served as the President of the Silicon Valley Arts Coalition and was the founder and artistic director of the Foothill Community Concert Series.
As an educator, she has taught in the public school system, done guest conducting, led workshops and clinics. Currently, Ms. Jordana spends part of her professional life as the Intermediate Choir Director and Teen a cappella Vocal Jazz Director with Vivace Youth Chorus. “As a music teacher at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, I teach the 5th grade and Upper School Choirs as well as the keyboarding classes where I want to foster music literacy by familiarizing the students with the choral art through standard choral repertoire and vocal ensemble technique and by exposing the students to the different levels of keyboarding, respectively. While we’re doing so, I want the students to experience the best part of music-making – the joy!”
Ms. Jordana chose BASIS Independent Silicon Valley because of its holistic approach to education. “BASIS Independent Silicon Valley values academia not just for its own sake but with the goal of developing well-rounded individuals, and independent thinkers versed in a myriad of subjects including the humanities and the arts,” she says.
When she is not in the classroom, Ms. Jordana enjoys cycling, hiking, and working out. She also loves to read and knit. Ms. Jordana is an avid Trekker and has attended a few Star Trek conventions dressed as Lieutenant Uhura.