Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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Blessed to be a blessing

 I was richly blessed by being a worship participant at the Chautauqua Institute’s morning worship services. A participant in six prayerfully designed, carefully crafted, lovingly presented worship services. It was a balm, a joy, and an inspiration, leaving me with the knowledge that God is with me and among us every day. Now that we are home, I realize that the blessing I received from the musicians of Chautauqua must be shared with my congregation and with my students. I was blessed to be a blessing. I pray each of you seek out ways to be blessed so your music and work will be a blessing to your congregations, your friends and your family. 
If you’d like to learn more about Chautauqua, and I encourage you to do so, visit chq.org.

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 blessing of the organist of Chautauqua

As a church musician I do not often have the opportunity to worship without being in a leadership role. During our week at the Chautauqua Institution last month I was so blessed to sit in the “pew”, listen to the organ prelude and the choir’s call to worship and anthem, and sing the hymns with a congregation numbering in the thousands. What a blessing it was to worship under the leadership of the musicians of Chautauqua’s daily ecumenical services.

Jared Jacobsen, Organist and Coordinator of Worship and Sacred Music, brought the service to life with his musical leadership. His hymn playing was masterful — immanently singable, creative in registrations, and thrilling in his use of hymn introductions, interludes, and reharmonizations. It was evident that not only careful thought and intelligent preparation had taken place, but that there was a joy in his work. How blessed and inspired I was by his worship leadership. Thank you Jared!

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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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Blessed to be a blessing

David and I just returned from an amazing week at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York. Our week was filled with inspirational worship services, profound lectures, superb concerts, creative art, and incredibly interesting people — all in an idyllic 19th-century setting — an American Utopia. Please allow me to share just one of the many ways we were blessed and inspired by our week at this unique place called Chautauqua.

Every day at Chautauqua began with a worship service. The service was traditional in design with a beautifully played organ prelude, a call to worship sung by the choir, a rousing opening hymn sung by the 3,000+ member congregation, responsive readings, prayers, scripture readings, a carefully chosen and wonderfully presented choral anthem, an incomparable sermon, a moving closing hymn, and an incredible organ postlude from the classical or repertoire or one improvised on the final hymn. What a blessing it was to be a member of the Chautauqua congregation for six worship services.

Yes, I was richly blessed by being a worship participant. A participant in six prayerfully designed, carefully crafted, lovingly presented worship services. It was a balm, a joy, and an inspiration, leaving me with the knowledge that God is with me and among us every day.
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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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Chautauqua. Say it with me.

Step inside the gate of Chautauqua and suddenly you are walking down a street in 1901. The Victorian homes graciously stand basking in the mottled shade that bathes their charmed vibrant hues. You feel yourself being wrapped in the cool air that welcomes you to another place, another time. You detect an air, an air of civility, of curiosity, of warmth, a memory of America.

This letter could be called “How We Spent our Summer Vacation” however, it was such an astonishing uncharted adventure it simply cannot be abbreviated as a mere vacation. 

Jeannine and I just spent an astounding week inside the mind map of a place called the Chautauqua Institution. We were mesmerized by our expedition from the moment we took our first glorious steps on the brick walks as the rain came down. The rain on that first day was as steady and enduring as the tick of a grandfather clock. It was like a baptism into this magical world of Music, Art, Religion, and Knowledge. 

The amphitheater in which we spent many hours has its walls open to the outside world. It’s the place where our minds were enlivened with ingenious lectures. Our imaginations were stretched as if by the skilled musicians of every instrument in an exquisite orchestra. And our vision was emboldened by gifted presenters who inspired us through the written word, the spoken word, images seared into our minds, and of course, music. Music that tilted the mind, deepened our emotion and spoke with sounds only music can make. 

We looked for an experience that would take us out of our comfort zone and we found one. One that took us by the hand and walked us through unfamiliar territory and thoughts, and showed us possibilities and blessings we weren’t even looking for. 

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An excerpt from our August 2019 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.
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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