is safe to say that on any given Sunday morning her compositions
are widely heard throughout the United States."-
known, Alice Yost Jordan is one of the most distinguished and
published American composers. She is best known for her choral
and organ works numbering over 200, which have sold over 250,000
copies. A recital song, Take Joy Home (text: Jean Ingelow)
commissioned by Sherrill Milnes, of Metropolitan Opera fame, and
pianist, received world-wide exposure on concert tours, was
performed at the White House for a State Dinner in 1983 and is
on compact disc. Her arrangement of America The Beautiful,
commissioned by the Iowa High School Music Association for the
and Orchestra, opens the All-State Festival Concert biennially.
Other works commissioned by churches, universities and organizations
across the United States total 40. Born in Davenport December
31, 1916, but a life-long resident of Des Moines, she graduated
from Drake University, where she studied composition at the
undergraduate and graduate levels with the late Dr. Francis J.
View College conferred the Honorary Degree: Doctor of Letters
in 1986. With her husband, the late Dr. Frank B. Jordan, former
dean of the College of Fine Arts at Drake, she has been active
in the cultural and educational life of Des Moines. Jordan
was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 2002.