Jordan is an educator and saxophonist in the Nashville area. He instructs the Jazz Bands at MBA. In addition, he works with the jazz combos, Big Red Rocks (the MBA Rock Band) and guest lectures in courses regarding musical history and influence. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Austin Peay State University where he was the single recipient for the Pressor Music Scholarship and the Distinguished Undergraduate Award for the Music Department. Jordan received a fellowship to study conducting with the legendary Frank Battisti and Craig Kirchoff at the University of Minnesota.
Jordan performs regularly with several groups in the Nashville area with genres ranging from jazz, rock, R&B, funk and blues. He has performed at venues such as the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Third and Lindsley, amongst others. Jordan is a member of MTSBOA, the Tennesee Bandmaster’s Association, and has served as equipment chair for TNMEA at the All-State Conference. Jordan frequently serves as a guest clinician for bands across Tennessee teaching conducting, saxophone and other woodwind instruments.
In addition to his musical responsibilities, Jordan is an Eagle Scout and avid outdoorsman - he enjoys hiking, camping and backpacking.
Jan Pippin – Jan spends her time at MBA teaching band classes and accompanying choir. She works with jazz combos as well as Big Red Rocks, the MBA rock band. Before coming to MBA, she taught for six years in the Metro Nashville Davidson County Public Schools while coaching track and field at The Harpeth Hall School. She is a bassoonist who still plays in ensembles such as The Nashville Praise Symphony.
Jan attended The University of Tennessee at Knoxville where she played in the concert band, studio orchestra, woodwind choir, bassoon ensemble and The Pride of the Southland Marching Band, while also competing on the Lady Vols track and field team, but finished her B.S in music education and earned a Masters of Music from Austin Peay State University. She is a member of Middle Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association, National Association for Music Education and The Tennessee Bandmasters Association.
Jan’s favorite color is Volunteer orange and she loves eating poke with rice. She has three children, two boys and a girl, of whom she is very proud. Her dogs’ names are Baxter and Zeus and her two birds are named Tiki and Liberty who talk and sing.
Mr. Matthew Smyth
Choir Director; Rock Climbing Head Coach
Moravian College - BMA University of Oklahoma - MM
Matt Smyth is the Music Director at Montgomery Bell Academy where he teaches Junior School Singers, Big Red Chorus, Chamber Choir and Headmaster Singers. In addition, Matt also serves as the Assistant Director for the Blair Children’s Chorus. Matt started singing choral music as a member of the Young Singers of Pennsylvania in elementary school. Since then Matt has sung with and directed children’s choirs, honor choirs, collegiate and graduate level ensembles.
Matt graduated with honors from Moravian College with a BMA degree in Vocal Performance. After singing for a few years in New York City, Matt moved to Oklahoma to study with renown educator Eph Ehly. In 2009, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Masters of Choral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma.
In addition to his work as a music teacher, Matt coaches the MBA Rock Climbing Team, assists with the Mountain Bike Club and is a leader in the Outdoor Club which takes boys backpacking every summer. As an avid outdoorsman, Matt enjoys backpacking, climbing, running and just about any other activity where he is outside!
As an artist, Matt has performed at large and small venues throughout the country including The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, The Ryman Auditorium, Jordan Hall, The United Nations, St. John the Divine, The Bridgestone Arena, The Kimmel Center and Avery Fisher Hall.