Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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We don’t have to “dumb-down” classical music

We don’t have to keep dumbing down classical music to make it “cool.” It never will be “cool.” However, for those of us (now 11% of the population, keep in mind that’s for all classical music) who like classical music a lot, there are additional ways it can speak to our senses. Re-Imagining how to give us a better deeper understanding of what is happening in, with, around and through the music.

We need to infuse added dimensions into the experience that can elicit thoughts and emotions that listeners didn’t know the music could provide.

Footnote: science is now disputing that we have only 5 senses finding that we have between 11 and 20 different senses. Google it. Especially the sense of awe.

To do that a person needs to Re-Imagine what the music is saying, how it is saying it, how can we free the story within the music. How can we release what other dimensions an individual needs to experience and have a better, personalized understanding of the music? There are better ways to connect with their humanity. (Point 8 of 10 Things That Classical Audiences Want.)

David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , and his wife, concert organist Dr. Jeannine Jordan 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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Re-Imagining Organ Concerts


In our article,10 Things That Classical Audiences Want, there are several interesting thoughts. Well, actually ten. One is that classical audiences want to have a unique concert experience. Another, classical audiences want you to expand their interest. And yet another, classical audiences want to be moved – to be transported.Aubrey Bergauer, California Symphonyexecutive says: “People think that to bring in younger audiences you need ‘The Symphony Meets the Beatles,’ but a Beethoven symphony is amazing to anyone.You don’t have to ‘symphonize’ pop music,” Cabrera says. “We needed to change the experience, not the repertoire.”

Funny she should mention that. Re-Imagining is what we have done with our organ concerts. One day we were lounging [fretting] about wondering, “What if an organ concert was an event that was captivating, engaging, thought-provoking, filled with visual cues and stories…do you think people would like that? What if non-organists found organ concerts amazing?”
Hmm. Let’s try that.

Step 1: Take the photograph
Steps 2-30,005: Create concerts

David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , and his wife, Dr. Jeannine Jordan, 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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Creativity, Re-Imagining…

Creativity, Re-Imagining, making stuff up, seeing the world through different lenses. Why is this important? 

Human beings are essentially born creative. From infancy on we find innovative ways to negotiate life. The most creative people find ways around obstacles because they see them not just as roadblocks but also as opportunities You were born creative. You had to figure out how to become mobile and get yourself around the room. When you learned how to walk, you had to learn get to places fast and not get caught. Then you had to be creative and learn to Re-Imagine and explain how it was the dog/brother/sister that did it, not you.

Re-Imagining is what I do. “On the side,” I am a digital artist using the “Creative Cloud.” 

How do I Re-Imagine a photograph?

Step I: Take a photograph.

Steps 2-355: Use various tools from the “Creative Cloud” to turn the photographs into what I think they should be.

It’s enthralling work. Some examples can befound here.

If it weren’t for life, I would do this 24/7.

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David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , and his wife, Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, 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

This is One Amazing Book

Check our pew racks and you’ll find not only a Bible and a Book of Common Prayer but another blue-covered book, The Hymnal 1982.    It is one amazing and important book.  Our hymnal draws all of us, all Episcopalians, together musically in the same way that the Book of Common Prayer draws us together in prayer and liturgy. 

Hymns are powerful expressions of our faith, powerful reminders that our Lord is with us in struggle and sorrow, powerful exaltations of joy, powerful and loving reminders of God’s grace.  Singing our praise through hymns is another form of communing with Christ and each other. 

I had many plans for this newsletter article this month, but because of visits from my family, work, practice, and most recently, the death of a dear friend, I put off writing the article until the day after our editor wanted it.  Well, now I know why.  It is so I can share a story with you about the power of hymns – the power of a hymn we sang several weeks ago, “The Lord My God My Shepherd Is.”

Two weeks ago, I learned one of my students (and a very dear friend) was diagnosed with colon cancer, a mass on the liver, and pulmonary embolisms.  A shock but I was sure with prayer and the miracles of medicine this wonderfully caring, generous, woman of God would go through and survive treatment for all the above and life would go on.  I was wrong.  She declined dramatically and quickly.

One week ago, I was teaching Paul, one of my many incredible organ students – a 54-year-old man who is a savant in some very particular ways, and also has cerebral palsy.  His lessons have been such an amazing journey for me.  He grew up in the Lutheran church the son of a pastor.  He has heard hymns all his life and amazingly can play by-ear, even with his physical limitations, almost any hymn his sister, Ruth and I can name or hum.  Not only does he know the tunes, but he knows how many verses each has.  Woe is me when I choose a Lutheran hymn that happens to have 11 verses as he will play every verse for me as he is singing that text in his mind.  His lessons are often jaw-dropping for me.  And…if I give him a word, like “shepherd,” he will create a medley of hymns that contain the word “shepherd” in some verse or other of the hymn.  Truly it is astounding seeing/hearing this man/ child share God’s glory through hymns.

And, so back to the story.  A week ago, I knew their friend and fellow-student, Karen who attends and plays the organ at Paul and Ruth’s church, was in the hospital and struggling mightily after colon surgery.  So, I decided to record Paul playing “The Lord is My Shepherd” and send it to Karen.  The response from Karen’s daughter who shared this recording with her Mom, was that Karen was at peace and smiled throughout the recording.

Today I sent word of Karen’s death to my student group.  Several expressed their sadness at losing a friend and colleague but the following response from Ruth, my student Paul’s sister, truly shows the power and glory of the many hymns, but in particular #663 from our amazing blue book, The Hymnal 1982.

“I am so grateful for you and your moment of genius last week during Paul’s lesson.  Recording him playing The Lord is My Shepherd was clearly a God-inspired moment.  I know that song brought joy and comfort to Karen and her family.  It has brought comfort to me at hearing this news.  It amazes me how you and Paul were used in this special way.  I am grateful.”

And this is the power of the great hymns of our faith. 
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, has a large organ studio with students of all ages and skill levels.  She is also the Minister of Music and Organist 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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