“Creativity is the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules or patterns, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, and interpretations. Creativity is the bringing into being of something which did not exist before, either as a product, a process or a thought.”
In the world of classical music and more specifically, the world of the classical organ performance, presenting an engaging and creative program can be a challenge. We organists play stationary instruments, which often are hidden from the view of the audience. We often rely solely on the sound of the organ and a few written or verbal program notes to capture the imagination and attention of the audience. As audience numbers dwindle for organ concerts, it is obvious organists and concert sponsors need to creatively approach these challenges.
Strongly encouraging performing organists and those sponsoring organ concerts to “get out of the potted-palm mode”, Eileen Guenther, President of the American Guild of Organists, eloquently expressed the urgent need and for concerts designed to engage audiences and make friends for the organ. (The American Organist, May 2010).
My husband, David Jordan, an avid explorer and developer of 21st-century media art, and I have taken Ms. Guenther’s words to heart. We have created two organ and media events, Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea, which are designed to delight the music-lover, educator, historian and organist of any age and make friends for the organ worldwide.