VC Artist Jordan Bak Joins Bowling Green State University's Faculty

The Jamaican-American violist will become Assistant Professor of Viola at the university's College of Musical Arts

(Photo credit: Dario Acosta)


Bowling Green State University, in Ohio, will welcome VC Artist Jordan Bak to their music faculty. The College of Musical Arts educates over 500 music students, undergraduates and graduates.

"I'm incredibly thrilled to join a community of dedicated and diverse faculty, new music advocacy, and of course, the opportunity to foster, uplift and challenge the current and next generation of brilliant young minds," Bak wrote on Social Media. "I'm really looking forward to this next chapter in Ohio. Go Falcons!"

A graduate of The Juilliard School and New England Conservatory, where he was a student of Hsin-Yun Huang, Dimitri Murrath, and Samuel Rhodes, Bak is a former major prize winner at the Sphinx Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, as well as a former recipient of a Sphinx MPower Artist Grant, Samuel Sanders Tel Aviv Museum Prize, and John White Special Prize from the Tertis International Viola Competition.

In addition, Jordan Bak is a member of the New York Classical Players and is a featured artist for WQXR’s Artist Propulsion Lab.

Aside from performing internationally, he has been invited to serve as returning Viola Artist Faculty for the Classical Music Institute of San Antonio, as Guest Artist Speaker for the Children’s Orchestra Society in Long Island, and as a jury member for the Boulder Bach Festival’s 2020 World Bach Competition.

As an educator, Bak is on the faculty of Opportunity Music Project in New York and served as Teaching Assistant for The Juilliard School ACHT Viola.

In 2021, he perform an all-solo recital in the opening series of The Violin Channel's highly acclaimed Vanguard Concerts Series.

His newest album, "Impulse," was released this May and features music by Tōru Takemitsu, Tyson Gholston Davis, Joan Tower, Quinn Mason, Jeffrey Mumford, Rebecca Clarke, and Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti.