Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

Archive for May, 2013

How about an Artist’s Weekend?

Jeannine Jordan, concert organistSeveral weeks ago I wrote a blog entry titled Recharge Your Creativity! Take An Artist’s Date.  That blog entry included ideas for an Artist’s Date.  This past weekend, my husband and I decided to take not only an Artist’s Date, but an Artist’s Weekend to recharge our creativity and refresh our souls.  What a huge success it was.  We highly recommend this sort of get-away for any artist.

So what did we do from the suggestions in my earlier blog entry?

1.  We supported the local arts scene by attending a couple of concerts: a screening of the silent movie, The Hunchback of Notre Dame with live classical music presented by the Willamette Master Chorus and the Salem Chamber Orchestra and an electronic music concert at the University of Oregon

state capitol2.  We visited a museum exhibit at the state capitol building in Salem, Oregon

3.  We took a stack of magazines with us and enjoyed time away from our computers thumbing through and reading those magazines while in our hotel room

4.  We watched people while sipping on a chai and cappuccino at a favorite Salem coffee shop

5.  We attended a local festival, the Eugene Saturday Market, and took in all the color, music, and visual stimulation afforded by that event

flowers6.  We took a long walk through the Schreiner Iris Gardens, camera in hand to document the experience.

A perfect Artist’s Weekend!  Take time to enjoy one yourself.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist


How To Stay the Course

                                        ”Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.

Talent will not;  nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not;  unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not;  the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

–Calvin Coolidge

How to Stay the Course to achieve your musical goals and dreams:

  • Renew your vision of what you are working to accomplish regularly.  My students are encouraged to set and put in writing a new goal for their organ study three times/year: at the beginning of our fall, winter/spring, and summer organ lesson sessions.
  • Do something every single day to move in the direction of your desired achievement or goal.  As an organist, practice of course is of utmost importance.  But, what about those days when one cannot get to an instrument?  Listen to recordings, read about composers, peruse new music, talk to colleagues.
  • If you find yourself drifting away from your course, analyze what is going on.  Maybe the goal is too unwieldy, maybe the goal is too easily achieved, maybe you need to tweak the direction of the goal.  Analyze and regroup, but don’t stop your forward momentum.
  • Involve a friend or network in helping you achieve your goals.  The students in my organ studio are a cohort of individuals who actively support each other through email communication and several group meetings a year to share performances and ideas.
  • When you fail – and we all do – place yourself gently back on the path.  Redefine your goal and don’t be afraid to ask for help from your teacher, your family, and supportive colleagues.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist


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