Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

Archive for June, 2013

Looking for New Hymn Tune Arrangements for the Organ?

It is summertime!  The time to look for new music.  I invite you to check out the organ collections on DARCEY PRESS.

Testimonials for the DARCEY PRESS organ collections:

“I have been learning, using and enjoying “83 Musical Gifts Parts 1, 2, & 3” and “120 More Musical Gifts Parts 4, 5, 6, & 7” edited by Adrienne Tindall.  These books are a collection of hymn arrangements submitted to Adrienne Tindall from organists across the country.  The variety and quality of these hymn tune arrangements is truly a musical gift.

For me, selecting music for church service has become a matter of which music to present since I use the Musical Gifts as a resource when preparing my musical offering.  Also, many of the hymn arrangements are ‘recital’ or ‘special music’ caliber.

When I present variations of a hymn as ‘special music’ I describe the history of the hymn tune or text, urge the congregation to look up the hymn and read the text as I play or describe some of the soundscapes I am using.  When reading hymn text or listening for particular sounds or tempo as I play, engages the congregation with the music.  Also, I have had a narrator read a verse of the hymn text between hymn variations which is very effective.

Adrienne Tindall has put together a wonderful collection of hymn tunes that are sure to please any church organist.”

…………..Shelley Stoll, organ student of Dr. Jeannine Jordan   

“I have used Adrienne Tindall’s Musical Gifts books many times for worship services.  It is nice to have a collection arranged by hymn-tune name which include arrangements of each tune by many well-known composers.  Biographical information is included in the front of each book about each of the composers.

The books are plastic comb bound so they stay open, and are designed to reduce page turns, including fold-out pages. I have played several of the arrangements during services and find the books to be a valuable addition to my music library.”

.…………..Gayle Gaddis, organ student of Dr. Jeannine Jordan

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, church and concert organist

Is Your Work A Work of Art?

Thoughts to ponder..

Stanislaw Ossowski (1897-1963), a Polish sociologist and culture theorist provides the following thought-provoking statement: “Each original work of art creates new values, new forms and motives to the world of human perceptions.”  Is your work a work of art?

“Every piece of art is something new and surprising; presenting us with something we have never seen or heard before.  Art widens our vision of the world by expressing things in a unique and original manner.”  Is your work a work of art?

David and I, through Pro-Motion Music strive to express music and history in a unique and original manner in our organ and media events, Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea.  Check out our list of upcoming performances, visit our websites, blogs, and YouTube Channel and prepare to widen your vision of your world through our “works of art.”

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist

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