Jordan Kuspa’s music has been praised in the New York Times as “animated and melodically opulent” and “consistently alive and inspired.” His works juxtapose a bristling rhythmic drive with expansive textures and sinuously interwoven counterpoint. Explorative and eclectic, Kuspa’s music encompasses intricate motivic developments, carefully-wrought formal structures, and unexpected detours of wit and whimsy. 

Kuspa's compositions have been performed by ensembles such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Dallas Chamber Symphony, Yale Camerata, 21st Century Consort, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Sandbox Percussion, Xanthos Ensemble, Ensemble SurPlus, Loadbang, Sound of Late, Quartetto Indaco, the Linden and Tetra String Quartets, Third Wheel Trio, and Duo Scordatura, in venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Leipzig Oper. He has been a composition fellow at programs including the Aspen Music Festival, Atlantic Center for the Arts, HighScore, June in Buffalo, MusicX, Oregon Bach Festival, New Music on the Point, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Kuspa’s music has won honors from ASCAP, the Foundation for Modern Music, the Lake George Music Festival, and the League of Composers, and he was one of six composers chosen to participate in the 2011 American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings, one of the most coveted opportunities for emerging composers.

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At age 16, Kuspa founded the Houston Young Musicians, a group that sought to broaden interest in classical music among new listeners as well as promote the works of American and other contemporary composers. Kuspa was also co-founder and Artistic Director of the Sonus Chamber Music Society, an organization that presented an interactive concert series in the Houston museum district. Educational and community outreach was a central component of each of these programs. He continued his community engagement work in schools across Connecticut while at Yale, with programs that included musical collaborations with students in writing, drama, and filmmaking.

Kuspa holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He currently serves on the faculty of Richland College in Dallas, where he teaches composition, music theory, and cello, and directs the Richland String Orchestra. Kuspa also serves as Composer-in-Residence with the Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, for which he recently completed a fifty-minute ballet score based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death,” which premiered at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas on April 7th, 2016. Kuspa's music has been released by Ablaze Records. He lives in Denton, TX, with his wife, Valeria, and his dog, Sebastian.

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