Several months ago I was asked to share my thoughts about my organ world in a Do You Know Your American Guild of Organists Today interview with Amanda Plazek, blogger of the Pittsburgh AGO. Following are excerpts from that interview.
“I am pleased to introduce our DYKYAGO participant, Jeannine Jordan. Jeannine and I crossed paths via our interests in WordPress and developing the organ world into the technological realm. Our blogging efforts have made the organ world even smaller, and I am privileged to know her thus far. Thank you, Jeannine, for all that you have done for the organ world so far!
Thank you, Jeannine, for being a part of our DYKYAGO series. Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I love my wonderful husband, living at the Oregon beach, and of course, playing the organ. Life is full as: the President and co-owner of Pro-Motion Music; a concert organist; a teacher in two organ studios; and serving as a church musician.
How did you decide to become an organist?
I am an organist because of the foresight of one of my first piano teachers. When I was in fourth grade, Mrs. Ellington said to me, “You should learn to play the organ. An organist can always find a paying job and can put herself through college.” At age 11, I began to play the organ and haven’t looked back. The organ quickly and happily became my life.
As part of your career you have had the chance to visit many places, from Zimbabwe to Japan. What has been your favorite place to travel, and why?
Such a difficult question! There is nothing like hearing your music swirl around the cavernous space of the medieval cathedral in Ripon, England; there is nothing like playing a Silbermann organ that Bach himself might have played in Rötha , Germany; there is nothing like playing the most technologically advanced organ just off a production line in Tokyo, Japan; there is nothing like playing for the American Ambassador’s 4th of July party in Colombo, Sri Lanka; there is nothing like going on safari one day and playing a concert in the Anglican Cathedral in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe the next. Amazing people! Amazing places! Amazing organs!
To be continued. To learn more, please visit Pro-Motion Music