Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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Orgelkids at Peace Village, Forest Grove, Oregon

We started with 124 individual pieces!

And soon, the participants of the Forest Grove, Oregon Peace Village had constructed a playable miniature pipe organ. The project was facilitated by Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan.

16 middle school and high school students (with a few adult observers) had a grand time constructing the case, the wind system, the keyboard, the tracker mechanism, and the pipe layout for this magnificent pipe organ.

Following “the build,” Sarah Gheorghita, organ student of Dr. Jeannine Jordan, performed several pieces on the church’s pipe organ. Students were also taken on an organ crawl through the chambers of the large pipe organ.

Peace Village teaches skills in conflict resolution, empathy, creating inner-peace, connecting with the natural world and collaborative leadership through engagement in fun daily activities. The program centers its activities on music, art, nature, mindfulness, non-competitive play and the exploration of media.

Special activities that will be part of this year’s Peace Village camp include a field trip to Stub Stewart State Park, a cooperative activity in building and playing an organ, harvesting, preparing, cooking and eating food with Nana Cardoon; and a service project for West Tuality Habitat for Humanity.

The Peace Village program focuses on four pillars designed to create better community-minded youth: mindfulness (a focus on self), media literacy (focusing on how media impacts us), connection to nature (a focus on how to live in harmony with nature) and conflict resolution (a focus on how to address and resolve conflict).

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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

Will you start a concert series?

Excerpted from the Guest Artist Interview of the October 2018 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.

Jeannine: For those who may want to start a concert series at their church, what advice would you give?

Mr. Largent: If you have an instrument that has a beautiful sound and you feel it should be shared….do it!  Be sure you have enough energy…it takes a lot of energy to host a concert.  You will need to be the main host for your artists.  Don’t assume that at the door donations or free will offerings will cover the costs of the program. You have to believe in the art form enough to ask people to support it financially.  In general, if it is free, people will feel it is not of value.  Make sure the leadership of your church is behind a series and will attend the concerts.  We’ve kept ours on Friday evenings because Friday and Saturday is when art events happen.  Saturday night doesn’t work for a church because you have to get everything ready for Sunday worship…..and who will clean the bathrooms and Sanctuary after a concert?  If you are going to do a reception after the concert make sure you have a committee of people to love to entertain in charge…..that is a special gift.  The rewards in hosting concerts are greater than the negatives.  You will demonstrate that your church values the community outside of the building.  People will come into the church for a concert that might not come to worship. It is a door opening opportunity for your congregation to become welcoming neighbors.

Jeannine:  Thank you for sharing your insights into creating and running a incredibly successful concert series.  May you be blessed in your retirement with new challenges and ever more glorious music.
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist are the creators and performers of the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Contact the Jordans at david@promotionmusic.org to schedule a performance in your community.

A Concert Series to Celebrate God’s Gift of the Arts

Excerpted from the Guest Artist Interview of the October 2018 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.

Jeannine: At the time of the dedication of this glorious instrument, a concert series was begun to celebrate God’s Gift of the Arts.  Who were the first performers?  What were your plans for the series at that time?

Mr. Largent: Saginaw has always had a vibrant “arts” scene and we felt a self- sustaining concert series was possible.  The dedication year consisted of four recitals: Dr. Marilyn Mason (University Organist, The University of Michigan), Anna M. Leppert-Largent (Assistant Director of Music Ministries), Dr. Robert Rayfield  (Professor of Organ Indiana University – Anna’s professor), Gregory H. Largent (Director of Music Ministries).  We formed a steering committee to oversee the running of the series.  Anna and I would suggest a field of artists for the committee and they would select the final artists.  We wanted to present artists that had a balance of International, National, and Region artists.  Initially it was organists, but when we added the 9-foot Steinway Grand Piano we were able to open more possibilities of artists, styles, and repertoire.
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist are the creators and performers of the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Contact the Jordans at david@promotionmusic.org to schedule a performance in your community.

The “new” Kotzschmar organ by Foley-Baker

Excerpted from the September 2018 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter guest Artist Interview with Ray Cornils.

Jeannine: As Municipal Organist you not only played the Kotzschmar Organ, but were instrumental in fundraising and implementing the renovation by Foley-Baker of the organ. What is the organ’s history and its future?

Mr. Cornils: The very hardworking and effective FOKOboard have brought the organ back to full health after the instrument was at the brink of death in the late 1970’s. It has been a decades-long venture. When the board and I were looking at the approaching 100Th anniversary of the organ (in 2012), we held a private symposium (in 2007) which invited several highly-regarded consultants to meet with the board and members of the city to assess the condition of the organ. The auditorium had a couple of revisions and expansions over the past century. In the 1960’s the organ was moved back. During that move, the Austin universal windchest was torqued. Other events over the years made for a situation that the universal windchest was experiencing many wind leaks throughout it. The only way to remedy this situation was to provide a completely new windchest. Since removing the windchests required the removal of the entire instrument, we decided that the best way to proceed as a total renovation of the entire instrument. While this was a $2.5 million project, we believed in the long term, this was the best fiduciary use of our role of caretaker of this great instrument. Due to the strong ties of trust that FOKO and I built with the city over the years, the city council voted unanimously to fund half of the renovation costs through a bond process. I must also mention that the success of capital campaign for this project is due in great part to the extraordinary efforts of the FOKO fundraising committee chaired by Laurence Rubinstein and Peter Plumb.

When, after the wonderful renovation by Foley-Baker, everyone has been blown over by the instrument’s vibrancy and brilliance. Even the most casual listeners in our audience have been amazed at the renewed sounds.

The organ is now ready to serve the next century with renewed vigor. The future is very bright for the instrument, especially under the guidance of James Kennerley, my successor and Portland’s 11th Municipal Organist, who started his work January 1, 2018.

 Jeannine: Thank you, Ray for sharing not only your story, but the fascinating story of the Kotzschmar organ as well.

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

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