Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

Archive for April, 2012

Doomed If You Don’t Try

To quote Beverly Sills, famed American soprano, “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”

Thoughts On Being An Organist

Several months ago I was asked to share my thoughts about my organ world in a Do You Know Your American Guild of Organists  interview with Amanda Plazek, blogger of the Pittsburgh AGO.   Following are excerpts from that interview.

Do you have any memorable moments performing as a guest with a symphony orchestra?

I had the incredible thrill of performing as a soloist with the National Symphony of Zimbabwe in two performances; one in Bulawayo and the second in the capital city of Harare. Following my solo pieces, I played the organ part with the Symphony and the National Symphonic Choir in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. In a nation reeling from the rule of a ruthless dictator and falling into financial and personal ruin, the power of music overcame all as the audience stood with tears streaming down their faces to acknowledge the power of Haydn’s glorious music.

How did you decide that you wanted to become a touring organist?

Sharing the glory of the organ and its music with the world is my passion. One way I could do that was to travel the world. A university and church sabbatical made my first tour possible and after that year-long experience I knew this was going to be an important part of my career. I hope my audiences have been as richly blessed as I have.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist with David Jordan, media artist

Bach and Sons Organ and Media Event

What is your favorite Bach piece?

Finally, an easy question! The Fugue in E-flat major (known as the St. Anne) from Clavierübung III is my favorite Bach piece. Its power and majesty and expression of the Holy Trinity in such clear terms never ceases to humble and amaze me no matter how often I play it. This awesome composition brings our organ and media event, Bach and Sons, to a powerful conclusion.

To learn more about Jeannine’s work and her passion to share the organ with the world, visit her website at www.promotionmusic.org

The Technological Realm Of The Organ World

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist

Dr. Jeannine Jordan

Several months ago I was asked to share my thoughts about my organ world in a Do You Know Your American Guild of Organists 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!

How did you become so involved with the blogging and electronic world?

Since the electronic world is so pervasive in our culture, I embrace technology as best I can to promote the world of the organ in new and exciting ways for a populace that generally knows little about our instrument.

Bach and Sons Organ and Media Event with Dr. Jeannine Jordan

Using the latest in technology (computers, cameras, projection) my husband and I have created two cutting-edge organ and media events, Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea. Each concert event is designed to make friends for the organ through live camera feeds, stunning visuals, enlightening narrative, and of course, thrilling organ music.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist

From Sea To Shining Sea Organ and Media Event with Dr. Jeannine Jordan

Our Pro-Motion Music website includes information about all facets of my passion to share the organ with the world from a description of Bach and Sons to an archive of our monthly Pro-Motion Music e-newsletters.

Our e-newsletters feature not only articles on various music topics but also interviews with individuals who contribute in many different ways to the organ world, from Felix Hell to Ulrich Böhme of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. Technology makes it possible to share the thoughts and ideas of organists from the world over in our e-newsletter. Click here to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter.

Two of my blogs give me the opportunity to share thoughts on music pedagogy, practice, and performance and the third gives me the opportunity to write about my travel adventures: Pro-Motion Music’s Blog, Play Piano Today with Dr. J, and Elephants, Kangaroos, and More.

You are invited to visit my YouTube Channel.

Ah yes, then there is Facebook and Linkedin too.

Do you have any “words of wisdom” to the younger readers of our blog who may find it difficult to establish themselves in the organ world?

Don’t quit! Keep practicing, keep networking, keep sharing what you love!

Any last thoughts?

It would be wonderful to have the opportunity to hear your ideas for promoting the world of the organ. You may reach me at jeannine@promotionmusic.org, through Facebook, Linkedin, or even by phone at 541-905-0108.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist

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