Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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More Sounds of Summer Ideas

Yes!  It’s summer!  Opportunities abound to create and experience music in a myriad of ways.   Open your ears and your mind. There’s a world of music out there!

Why not support performing musicians at a festival concerts?

We had the absolute thrill of attending a stunning performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Oregon Bach Festival last weekend.  Period instruments, awesome soloists, an incredibly articulate and awesome performance! What an inspiration.

Why not attend a convention workshop, or lecture?

Who knows who you might meet and what new ideas you’ll discover.

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.

The Sounds of Summer

Yes!  It’s summer!  Opportunities abound to create and experience music in a myriad of ways.   Open your ears and your mind. There’s a world of music out there!

Why not sing in a summer choir?

Some church choirs go on hiatus during the summer and a “pick-up” choir provides music presented by those folks who don’t want a year-long commitment.  Last summer at the Cathedral in Bath, England, David and I heard the most marvelous “pick-up” choir you can imagine.

Why not take lessons?
Try it!  You might just like the experience of dusting off your instrument (or your organ shoes) and playing and studying your instrument on a daily basis.  You might just learn that playing an instrument is a great source of relaxation, rejuvenation, and challenge that you need in your life.

Why not enjoy a Road Scholar music experience?
  Find a community of like-minded amateur musicians and spend a week creating music together in a beautiful place.  One of my students recently attended a choral experience on St. Simon’s Island which culminated in a festive concert.

Why not play concerts in far flung locales?

Begin the work this summer to schedule concerts for next summer or the next or the next.  Yes, planning and preparing for those performance opportunities in those far flung locales takes months and yes, sometimes even years to coordinate.  Start now for a performance experience you’ll never forget!

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.


BYOM Party

Bring Your Own Music Party

What does a barbecue, a pool party, a scavenger hunt, and hot weather have in common? They’re all too common.

Here is an idea that has some promise. And chances are you haven’t yet attempted this. What if you had a party where everyone that came brought their own music, participated, was engaged, and left wanting to do it again?

(Bring Your Own Music) Party

What is it?  Each party guest brings a CD or YouTube video of a favorite piece of music. No restrictions on what it is. That’s the surprise. The music we predict a person will bring might turn out to be something totally unexpected — like it’s from another planet.  That’s OK. The music should be the guest’s favorite piece. It can be any style or genre, but it should to be a favorite or at least their favorite at the moment.

WHY do this? Because it’s not a scavenger hunt, Twister, or Karaoke.

The idea is to have a true listening event. (No one can be intimidated that someone is going to come and try in vain to show off their latest effort; The Stumblebee boogie.)

It’s not at all about playing an instrument.  It is totally about listening to “other” music – music that may take you way out of your own box.  It’s a way to stretch your mind a little and get some innovative ideas to use later.

Each game, to be a good, has some rules. Well, here they are.


I.  Each guest should bring a CD of their favorite piece. Or they can bring up a video on YouTube.

II.  Each guest has 10 minutes. (Might want to limit the

number of guests. 30 guests could take you well into the morning hours.)

III.  During their 10 minute presentation each guest will play/demonstrate/talk about their favorite piece of music.  The ten minutes can be spent in a variety of ways:  simply using the entire time to listen to the piece; describing why the piece is a favorite for 5 minutes and listening for 5 minutes; posing questions for a minute and listening for 9; creating a visual diagram of the piece for 7 minutes and listening for 3 minutes; you get the idea…right?


IV.  After all guests have presented their favorite music, a brief congenial discussion of the music will follow.  You may use the evaluation of “It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.” (Dick Clark)  No snarking. Save that for the after-party.

V.  The “winner” is the person who shared a piece of music most of the room felt stretched their minds but wasn’t repugnant.  Give an award for creativity, too. Oh…and the best hors d’oeuvres.

VI. The winner then gets to play their favorite piece of music one more time.

This should create a party where everyone can participate without fear, be engaged, be surprised, experience some new ideas, and hear some out-of-the-ordinary music. 

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.


A video trailer of Around the World in 80 Minutes

Click the image below to view a video trailer of our newest organ and multimedia concert experience, Around the World in 80 Minutes.  All the scenes are from the sixteen countries we visit during the concert.   The music is also from the concert and consists of music by native composers of those sixteen countries based on indigenous melodies.


Visit www.aroundtheworldin80minutes.org to discover more.  To chat with us about our unique audience-engaging concerts, please contact me at jeannine@promotionmusic.org.

An interview with Robert Ampt

Jeannine:  Please share anything else from your life story that would be of interest to our readers.
Mr. Ampt:  Three things come to mind:
1. American organist and carillonist Amy Johansen (who in now my wife) came into my life around thirty years ago following our initial meeting in the bar of Kings College, Cambridge.  Amy was, and still is, a startlingly brilliant organist who was soon to make her first CD – the music of Naji Hakim, with whom she had been studying, and who recommended her for the CD. Amy has an impeccable sense of rhythm and some splendid practice techniques which were passed on to her from Naji.  I have benefited from both of these aspects.

2. For around three decades I have been the organist/choirmaster of Sydney’s German Lutheran Church.



The church is very small, has zero acoustic and houses a very fine seventeen-stop mechanical action organ from Schuke of what used to be West Berlin.  All hymns are played and harmonized from just the melody, and each hymn is introduced by an improvised prelude.  This process has been a marvelous and rigorous teacher.     Before each prelude, decisions need to be made so that not only the music, but also the text, is introduced.  Decisions to be made include volume (loud/soft), form (duo, melody in which voice, melody in pedal on 16′, 8′ or 4′, fugal, melody ornamented or unadorned, chorale prelude with interludes, melody in octaves, harmonic language (tradition/modern), one or more keyboards …  An important aspect is that these preludes are always performed with a listening audience, so that every note played (even the surprises!) must be considered correct and part of the music.
Improvising these thousands of preludes has had a direct influence on the forms and styles of my composing.  Some movements are quite short and could be considered similar to “chorale prelude” styles, including sets of variations. Overall I have learnt both fluency and consistency of style/language within pieces from my service playing.

3. Finally, it is impossible to be playing one of the world’s great organs without being influenced by it.


The magnificent Hill organ in the Sydney Town, the largest in the world at the time of its opening in 1890 (5 mans/ped, 126 speaking stops with no borrowing or extension and a true 64′ pedal stop), has taught me that great organs can convincingly play all music from all periods.  At a “toccata” concert last year, for example, the music ranged from Frescobaldi (elevation toccata) to Messiaen (Dieu parmi nous) with Bach (T & F in F major) and Widor in between. If I fail to play this range of music, many, even if they attend a church regularly, will be totally unaware of its existence.
Although the organ dates from 1890 and is obviously ideally suited for the music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the splendid 16′ Principal Chorus on the Great, which includes almost a dozen ranks of mixtures, is the thrilling heart and soul of the instrument, and splendidly suitable for the great northern repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  This organ has taught me about the spaciousness and majesty of this music – which, in its turn, is the heart and soul of our instrument’s repertoire.
This organ has also taught me how a great organ should look.  Too many large organs, including in civic situations, have uninspiring facades often designed by architects. The case of the Sydney organ was designed by an organbuilder who was also the foremost authority on historic organ cases – Dr Arthur Hill. Based on some of the greatest organs of his time – St Bavo in Haarlem and St Jakobi in Stralsund – the Sydney case is simply breathtaking with its size, its perfect balance of towers and flats, and its beautiful detail.

Jeannine:  Thank you for sharing the intriguing story of your life as an organist.


Excerpted from an interview published in the June 2017 Pro-Motion Music newsletter.

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.

Around the World in 80 Minutes returns to Oregon

You are invited to the:

Willamette Valley Premiere of

Around the World in 80 Minutes – 80m-poster-small-240
a benefit concert for the
completion of the pipe organ at
First United Methodist Church of Albany, Oregon

Keep the story and legacy of the pipe organ alive. Come and feast on the incredible music you’ll hear at this benefit concert. Be a part of the fervor to finish this magnificent organ installation.  Generations to come will remember and thank you.

Join us in supporting the realization of this momentous and worthy project.

SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.  

Albany First United Methodist Church.

1115 28th Avenue, Albany, Oregon

For more information contact Dr. Jeannine Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org

What is Around the World in 80 Minutes?

… the exciting title of this new show by Jeannine and David Jordan keeps its promise: as spectator and listener I was taken on a trip around the world that provided glimpses of the beautiful rolling hills of England and its Roman churches, majestic cathedrals in Paris, allowed me to feel part of a procession during Passion Week in Spain, invited me into Johann S. Bach’s Germany, took me into the somber atmosphere of a Polish orphanage during World War II .. and this was only the first part of the ‘trip’ that went on to Nigeria, Lebanon, Israel, Taiwan, Australia… the list goes on! The blend of carefully selected and masterfully played pieces of music and visuals that reflected the music and the characteristics of the countries – or that were simply entertaining and humorous – made the journey enjoyable, fun and unforgettable. This show will undoubtedly be a favorite for many! The organ shines in its seemingly infinite musical expression and potential – who associates ‘La Bamba’ with the organ? From now on – I will! When the journey is over you sit back and think: “I would like to do this again!”   Ulla Mundil, concert attendee


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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