Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

Archive for November, 2019

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Ideas to contemplate

Ideas to contemplate as you work to realize your dreams, fulfill your goals, and create beautiful music:

  1. Learn to play simple things brilliantly. Fundamentals are the key to everything. Playing a simpler piece in an elegant fashion is better than playing a difficult piece poorly.
  2. Be consistent in your practice. Your work each day creates your future success.
  3. Work on effortlessness. Your playing should look effortless, feel effortless, and sound effortless. (See number 1)
  4. Learn to move gracefully and artistically from one note to another. Make your articulation a thing of beauty.
  5. Use technology. The metronome and recorder should become your friends.
  6. Ask yourself — What did I do well? What could I have done differently? What are my next steps to a better performance?
  7. Listen to excellent musicians making superb music.
  8. Be a great colleague. Take time to share thoughts and ideas with your fellow students.
  9. Enjoy your music!

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, has a large organ studio with students of all ages and skill levels.  With her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , they are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for more intriguing and engaging articles – click here #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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Grateful – Thankful – Blessed

Blessed by God’s beauty

Grateful for dedicated students

Thankful for skilled organ builders

Blessed by our worship of God

Thankful for creative composers

Grateful for the opportunity to share the organ with young people

Thankful for our concerts

Blessed by the multitude of MIPs in our lives — those

Musically Important People like you —

our readers, students, concerts hosts,

choir members, congregation

May you share your Gratitude with others,
your Thankfulness to God, 
and your Blessings to all.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, and her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for more intriguing and engaging articles – click here  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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The Spiritualities of Christian Hymns – a synopsis

Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:19-20

Several weeks ago, I had the privilege to attend the Diocesan sponsored workshop, The Spiritualities of Christian Hymns presented by Dr. Carl Daw, Episcopal priest and past Executive Director of the Hymn Society in the US and Canada.  It was an inspiring, educational, enlightening, and spiritual day as we explored and sang our way through many of the glorious hymns of our 1982 Hymnal.  (As Dr. Daw questioned whether we had sung each hymn, I was able to answer in the affirmative each time thanks to the two marvelous Hymn-a-thon experiences we held at St. Bede!)

Dr. Daw reminded us that hymns

  • are sung prayer (singing with and for others is praying with and for others)
  • are a recollection of the readings
  • reinforce the thoughts expressed by the sermon (as was so evident with the hymn sung following Marlene’s sermon several weeks ago, “Come thou o traveler unknown” #636)
  • express enthusiasm for our faith
  • present scripture in new ways
  • are wonderful ways to teach our faith
  • help us experience God’s presence
  • are never simply “decoration” or “moving music” in our service but are sung in praise and glory to God

The oft quoted phrase attributed to St. Augustine, “Those who sing pray twice” means that singing adds to our praise and worship of God—that our voices are gifts, with which we can make music to the Lord.  Sung prayer expresses the joy of the heart, the happiness resulting from one who has encountered Jesus Christ and experienced his love.  St. Augustine was right—he who sings prays twice.  May we sing together—in holy worship, and in our homes—in praise and thanksgiving for all that God has given us.  (Bishop James Conley)

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, is the Minister of Music at St. Bede Episcopal Church in Forest Grove, Oregon. She and her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for more intriguing and engaging articles – click here  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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Around the World in 80 Minutes – an organ and multimedia concert experience

This fast-moving concert features unique global organ repertoire by native composers and is as exciting as it sounds. It takes audiences on a great journey that transcends the boundaries of countries, religions, nationalities, time periods and styles. Bringing people together through music, visuals and the grandeur of the organ, it is a story celebrating the fascinating diversity of the music of the world. 

To host a concert in your community please contact us at david@promotionmusic.org

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, and her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for more intriguing and engaging articles – click here  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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