Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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Interview with Musforum founder Gail Archer

Jeannine:  Let’s look next at your work with two projects that stand out to me as something unique and of great significance in the organ world – the young organ artist recitals series at Central Synagogue, NYC and Musforum.

 Why is it important to promote a young organ artist recital series?

 Dr. Archer:  I direct an artist and student organ series at Central Synagogue in NYC.  Artists play on the second Tuesdays of every month and I bring young people from organ schools across the country to play on the fourth Tuesday of every month October-May.  Students have the opportunity to play in a large venue on a large instrument in a concert situation.

 The series was started by the Gabe Wiener family after gifting a four-manual Casavant to the Synagogue in 2002 in Gabe’s memory.  I was approached by the Wiener family to start this series which I was delighted to do.

 Jeannine:  What is Musforum and why is it significant?

 Dr. Archer:  Musforum was started after I had some disappointments in institutions.  In my travels, I discovered other women have had some of these same disappointments where they are passed over in the application process, where they are treated unkindly in the workplace, or where they’re summarily dismissed.  Those disappointing things happened often because the women had succeeded – they played beautifully, their choir sang beautifully, or they got a review in the local newspaper which drew attention to their beautiful work and that’s the reason, too often, that the persons in charge were unkind to them.  This is not how things should be.  When people do something beautiful and positive they should be recognized, and promoted and supported and encouraged.  I was hearing stories such as these and experiencing my own disappointments and decided to do something positive about it.

 I researched all the women organists in North America and published my findings in the Journal of the International Alliance of Women in Music(www.iawm.org).  What the numbers revealed is that there are only two women who are serving as cathedral organists and music directors in a major city in the US, two women serving as organ teachers at research universities in a major city in the US, zero women teaching organ in a conservatory in North America, and only 82 women teaching organ at liberal arts colleges or universities in small towns.

 Musforum is a way to bring positive attention to women doing beautiful work no matter where they are doing it.  Musforum is a place for women organists to easily communicate and where we can celebrate each other’s positive contribution to the field.  And, that is why I started Musforum!
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Excerpted from the Guest Artist Interview of the February 2018 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.  Dr. Jeannine and David Jordan are the creative artists of Pro-Motion Music LLC.  Jeannine, a concert organist, with David, a media artist, are the creators and performers of three organ and multimedia concert experiences, Around the World in 80 Minutes, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Bach and Sons.

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Jeannine and David Jordan present

Around the World in 80 Minutes
Organ and Multi-media Concert Experience

Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

“Who’s on Third” Concert Series

Woodburn United Methodist Church

700 Cascade Drive

Woodburn, Oregon

Freewill offering

Interview with Dr. Gail Archer

 Jeannine:  Please introduce yourself to our readers.  What is your music background?  What drew you to the organ?

 Dr. Archer:  I’m Gail Archer and I am Director of Music at Barnard College at Columbia University and organist at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

 I’ve been singing in choirs since I was 8 years old.  My father sang in the church choir and being part of church music was normal in our family.  I heard organs from the time I was very small.  I started playing piano when I was 8 years old and as soon as my legs were long enough – at age 13 – I started playing the organ as well.  I pursued music from the beginning and always sang in choirs and always played keyboard instruments.  Then I got a Bachelor’s degree, two Masters Degrees and a DMA – all in music.

 I’ve been teaching at one level or another since I was 21 years old.  I taught elementary, junior high, high school and I’ve been here at Columbia for thirty years.  Music is my life, I’m delighted to report.

 Jeannine:  You certainly have an amazing multi-faceted music career with your work as an international concert organist and recording artist, a choral conductor and lecturer, the director of the music program at Barnard College, director of the artist and young organ artist recital series at Central Synagogue, New York City, and the founder of Musforum, an international network for women organists.   We have much to talk about!

 Let’s look first at your position as the director of the music program at Barnard College and college organist at Vassar College.  What would you like to share about this work?

 Dr. Archer:  I have been at Barnard for thirty years and I built the music program that exists here.  We have music majors and Barnard sponsors all of the vocal program for the University.  I direct the 80 voice concert choir and the 20 voice chamber choir, teach music history, advise students, sit on committees, curriculum.  I also do the organ program at Vassar College, which I also built.  It’s a lively concern with a fifteen organ students.

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Excerpted from the Guest Artist Interview of the February 2018 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.  Dr. Jeannine and David Jordan are the creative artists of Pro-Motion Music LLC.  Jeannine, a concert organist, with David, a media artist, are the creators and performers of three organ and multimedia concert experiences, Around the World in 80 Minutes, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Bach and Sons.

Taking Organ Concerts Out of the “Potted-Palm” Mode

Last month I was invited to submit an article to MusForum, the online magazine for women organists, celebrating their accomplishments and wide-ranging interests.   I was honored to share my passion — that of presenting “new” organ concerts using storytelling and 21st-century technology. My goal is to bring a different group of people to organ concerts and make new friends for the organ.

To read the article,

MY PASSION – TAKING ORGAN CONCERTS OUT OF THE “POTTED-PALM” MODE 

please click here.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist with her husband David, media artist, are the creators and performers of Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Around the World in 80 Minutes — live organ concerts with multi-media.

Thoughts on art

J:  Any other thoughts/ideas you’d like to share with our readers?

Dr. Spritzer:  Art for art’s sake is of tremendous value, but our colleagues and our friendships that can give it all personal depth and connection and life. The ways in which we support each other are what make our community great and lasting. Do everything you can to support those around you (a high tide raises all ships!), and pay it forward, and never underestimate the value of kindness. Write thank-you notes! Take risks, and do the things you fear the most and be true to yourself and your calling. We are all so, so fortunate to live in a time when we can devote our lives to music and teaching and liturgy and scholarship, and I feel tremendous gratitude for that. It has not always been so, and is still not so in many parts of the world. Thank you to everyone who has supported me time and time again, and I will always do the same!

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Excerpted from the Feature Article of the September 2017 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.  Dr. Jeannine and David Jordan are the creative artists of Pro-Motion Music LLC.  Jeannine, a concert organist, with David, a media artist, are the creators and performers of three organ and multimedia concert experiences, Around the World in 80 Minutes, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Bach and Sons.

What is “Around the World in 80 Minutes”?

We just had our northwest introduction Around the World in 80 Minutes. The official world premiere is in Wooster OH at Music on Market on April 26th at 7:00 PM. For those of you in the Ohio-Indiana-Michigan area, the doors open at 6:15.We had a completely full house at the introduction.

What makes Around the World in 80 Minutes so attractive? Our slogan is : “Hear & See the Inspired Sounds of the Globe”

I can’t promise you’ll lose weight, but there are many other personal benefits you’ll enjoy.

Around the World in 80 Minutes – a fast-moving concert that features unique global organ repertoire by native composers, and is as exciting as it sounds.
A great journey around the world that transcends the boundaries of countries, religions, nationalities, time periods and styles. Bringing people together through music, visuals and the grandeur of the organ.  Celebrating the fascinating diversity of the music of the world.

Musically

Performed with Jeannine’s brilliant playing and accompanied by creative registrations unveiling sounds from the organ you may not previously have not made visible their voice.

Visuals

Visually, there are animations of animals, dancers, music, vids of Jeannine in a fly-suit?, travel, inside of a cathedral,  world recognized landmarks, live cameras on Jeannine’s hands (left and right), feet (left and right), and as narrator.

Stories

Since Jeannine visited all of the six continents and most of the countries represented there are great anecdotes about her visits

Travel

From a travel stand-point you’ll cross over some of the highest mountains, and driest deserts. Visit sheep in New Zealand, parrots in the Brazilian rainforest and 4th of July in the USA.

Humor

I can’t seem to function without humor, so there is a good sprinkling of that too. Who’s in the Queens carriage?

80 Minutes

Yes, This all happens in 80 minutes. As we quote one Southwest flight attendant: ‘Fasten your seats belts because we are going to go REALLY fast.”

Check out our coming events page to find a concert in your area.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist, and David Jordan, media artist, are the creators and performers of three organ and multi-media concert experiences, Around the World in 80 Minutes, Bach and Sons, and From Sea to Shining Sea.  Contact Dr. Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org for information.

Introduction of Around the World in 80 Minutes

We will be presenting our newest organ and multi-media concert experience, Around the World in 80 Minutes at our West Coast Introduction on Sunday, January 29th in Pacific City, Oregon.  It is such a thrill to share our newest creative endeavor celebrating the fascinating diversity of the music of the world (prior to the April World-Premiere concert in Wooster, Ohio) with our Oregon Coast friends and communities.  Check out the Coming Events Sidebar for details and visit our website, www.aroundtheworldin80minutes.org to catch the excitement of this new concert.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist, and David Jordan, media artist, are the creators and performers of three organ and multi-media concert experiences, Around the World in 80 Minutes, Bach and Sons, and From Sea to Shining Sea.  Contact Dr. Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org for information.

 

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