Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

Archive for November, 2013

The Bach and Sons Organ and Multi-Media Experience Coming to a City Near You

Organist Jeannine Jordan with media-artist David Jordan will present their organ and multi-media event, Bach and Sons, to a St. Louis audience in February 2014.  Hosted by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Des Peres, Missouri, the concert is part of the Music at St. Paul’s Concert Series and will be presented on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

In celebration of Bach’s 328th birthday, the Jordans will present Bach and Sons twice in March 2014 in the state of Oregon.  The first concert experience is presented by the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan of Corvallis, Oregon as part of their Sundays@3 Concert Series on Sunday, March 16th.  The second Bach and Sons concert experience is hosted by Rodgers Instruments of Hillsboro, Oregon and is presented on the new Rodgers four manual Infinity pipe/digital organ at the Corporate Headquarters Showroom on Sunday afternoon, March 30th at 3:00 p.m.

The Jordans also recently presented Bach and Sons to an enthusiastic audience at the Region VIII Convention of the American Guild of Organists at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salem, Oregon.

In October the Jordans traveled to Ohio to open the 2013-2014 Music on Market Series at Wooster United Methodist Church, Wooster, Ohio with a performance of Bach and Sons. To learn more about the exciting Bach and Sons experience, visit http://www.bachandsons.com

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist


What is Collegiality?

Collegiality is the cooperative interaction/relationship among colleagues who are united in a common purpose and who respect each other’s abilities to work toward that purpose. 

As members of the American Guild of Organists our mission is “to enrich lives through organ and choral music.”  Simple enough in concept, but often times fraught with difficulty in reality. 

To enrich the lives of our students, our church members, and those audience members who simply love music, we as a group of colleagues who embrace vast cultural and musical differences, simply must work together to support one another.  Mutual support and collegiality will create the positive compelling impact that will once again draw the populace to the incredible instrument we call ours, the organ.  When that happens we will no longer have to worry about audience sizes or interest or the financial support to carry our mission far into the future.

What is the mutual support of colleagues?  It begins with respect and continues with the sharing of each other’s strengths.  It is praising a colleague with a specific word of encouragement, with a written congratulatory note, or by featuring their work in a newsletter, a concert, or at a church service:  it is attending a concert with programming that is “out-of-the-potted palm mode” or happens to be on a new instrument that is outside our comfort zone; it is insisting that students in your studio find the positive not only in their own playing but in that of their colleagues as well and are taught how to voice those thoughts;  it is promoting creativity and learning to accept that which is “different than it has always been done;”  it is supporting excellence and innovation. 


Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and co-creator of the organ and multi-media events, Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea.

Take Those Black Dots and Create a Story

Shared by my husband David Jordan, keyboard musician and media-artist

It wasn’t until long after my “degree in music” that I learned that music was more than symbolic dots on a page. My desperate responsibility was to play each one at the right time in the right place and loud or soft. hmm.

Then I heard the concept that you can and should take those black dots and make a story out of them. Wow. Music came to life. Frankly, that’s what I find so intriguing about Jeannine’s teaching.  She is forever emphasizing making the notes and dots come to life.

B&S Logo Small

And, just between you and me, I think that’s why Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea are so overwhelmingly embraced. Jeannine plays a story with the music, tells the story with narration, and I show the same story through the visuals and cameras. A person can’t help but take in the story with all those senses involved.

From Sea to Shining Sea

From Sea to Shining Sea

If you’ve heard this story before, don’t stop me, because I’d like to hear it again.
Groucho Marx

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision.
So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.
Neil Gaiman

You see something, then it clicks with something else, and it will make a story.
But you never know when it’s going to happen.
Stephen King

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Maya Angelou

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist with David Jordan, media artist are the creators and performers of the organ and multi-media experiences
Bach and Sons
From Sea to Shining Sea

“Going to” Europe for the First Time

I experienced Europe for the first time when I was a freshman in high school. I had just started organ lessons with Miss Pelton, the Professor of Organ at Kansas State University.   This feisty, barely 5’ tall, cheerful ball of energy was to become my mentor and inspiration.  And yes, it was she who “took” me to Europe for the first time.

Miss Pelton lived in what I determined was an English-style cottage.  It was a house  unique to others in this Midwest town and just walking up to her door, I was transported to another world – to Europe.

Opening the front door and entering her living room cum music studio continued the “other-worldly” experience.  This small low-ceilinged room was filled with musical instruments the ilk of which I had never seen:  an antique grand piano with intricately carved legs and music rack (not the gleaming black Steinway grands of my piano teacher);  a petite triangular-shaped instrument that I was learn was a harpsichord; and, wonder-of-wonders, row upon row of pipes — a pipe organ!  Seating was limited to instrument benches and a couple of weary brocade chairs.  A room unlike any I had ever seen.

Miss Pelton, besides being a fine organist and teacher, was also an avid traveler and photographer so the wall space of this music studio was adorned with her photographs of the great cathedrals and organs of the world; and book shelves, the floor, and small tables standing here and there were covered with fascinating books with titles like “The Bach Reader” and “The Harvard Dictionary of Music.”  A veritable art gallery, library, and instrument museum!

Miss Pelton’s home informed her teaching.  Her students couldn’t play the music of Bach without studying of photos of St. Thomas in Leipzig;  couldn’t play the music of Franck without hearing stories and perusing photos of the great organ of Ste.-Clothilde; couldn’t play the music of Reger without learning of the meeting of three great rivers and seeing photos of the confluence of those rivers below the cathedral in Pausau.   Miss Pelton not only  in instilled in me the love of organ music, but gave me a sense of discovery and adventure.

That first “trip to Europe” and nearly weekly “trips” around the world with Miss Pelton through her inspired, creative teaching continues to inform and instruct my playing and my life.  Thank you Miss Pelton.


JW Walker Continuo Organ – gift from Marion Pelton to Kansas State University

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist

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