Jordan Williams shares his love of organ music

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) — When News 4 anchor Jordan Williams isn’t on the air, he’s often making music in the choir loft.

St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church in East Aurora approached me and convinced me [to join their staff],” Jordan recalled.

Williams feels fortunate to have served as organist and choir director for the parish for the past two years. “This church is a very special place. St. Matthias approached me, and it just felt right. I had not had a full time, every Sunday, church job in quite a few years.”

Working with the choir

“People come to the parish and they’re not disappointed,” Rector Reverend Ann Tillman said. “Jordan’s music has added a huge amount our worship. He has created community in our choir which has inspired their singing to new levels,” Tillman suggested.

Jordan directs the choir

The Rector pointed to the ‘choir community’ Jordan has helped grow. “It’s a joy to look up on Sunday morning and to see the balcony full of people who love singing and making music to the Lord.”

“He brings joy, and he challenges us,” choir member Christy Shafer observed. “We’re a volunteer choir, and he gives us some really difficult pieces. It’s cool because we do it. It’s really exciting to kind of make it work together,” Shafer said.

Jordan says the choir members have come some of his best friends in WNY. “I’m blessed to have a wonderful group of singers,”

A life-long love of music

Williams love of music started early with piano lessons in elementary school. “I was at a summer music camp at the church, and our organist said, ‘hey do you want to go in and check out the instrument?’ Basically, let me go in one afternoon and play around,” Jordan recalled.

He was hooked. Jordan soon started organ lessons. He played for his church service when he was 13. He studied throughout high school and graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas with degrees in music and communication.

Jordan's organ shoes
Organists often wear special shoes with all leather soles to allow them to glide across the pedal board.

“You know that you’re not here just playing for yourself. You’re playing for God. You’re playing for the people out there trying to make their worship more meaningful, Jordan noted.

Parishioners often stay after church to listen to Jordan’s closing voluntary. “Last Sunday only two people left, and the rest of the congregation turned around and watched and listened to his postlude,” Rev. Tillman said.

“I think I’m really lucky to be able to do two things that I truly love,” Jordan said.

He plays the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Matthias’ Church. The adult choir sings from September through June.

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