Posts tagged ‘Bach and Sons’
Jeannine: Before we get started with more detailed questions, would you please introduce yourself to our readers. What is your background? What drew you to the organ?
Ms. Chen: I grew up in San Diego and started piano at the age of 4. Although my parents are not musicians, they made sure I had the best of teachers. Jane Bastien, my first piano teacher, instilled great fundamental keyboard technique and had me memorize everything. At the age of 13, I was encouraged to study the organ.
The San Diego Pipe Organ Encounter, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, was my first introduction to the concert repertoire of the organ. Until that time, I had only heard the organ played at church. By the age of 16, I had begun studying the organ with Monte Maxwell in Annapolis, MD. He encouraged me to pursue a career as a concert organist and helped me prepare my audition for Julliard. My dream came true in August 2001 when I was accepted to study at Julliard and moved to New York City.
Jeannine: You certainly have an amazing multi-faceted music career with your work as the Artist-in-Residence at two different churches, and as a composer and performer. Let’s first look at your work as a church musician. How is your role as Artist-in-Residence at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in NYC and Coral Ridge Presbyterian in Fort Lauderdale the same/different?
Ms. Chen: At Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in NYC I play the organ for one service each month. The music and service is traditional in nature.
At Coral Ridge Presbyterian the worship style is very contemporary for a vibrant and diverse congregation. I was contacted in 2013 by the Worship Pastor of Coral Ridge to play for the Easter 2013 service. After 6 months of dialogue, my relationship with Coral Ridge as Artist-in-Residence began. As with my position in NYC, I play one service/month but also coordinate the concert series.
However, my role at Coral Ridge is quite different. I do play a classical prelude and postlude on the organ, however, for the remainder of the service I become part of the worship band to lead the songs and traditional hymns. There are no choral anthems but instead the service is led by a fully professional worship band consisting of piano, drums, guitar, and organ. We all work from detailed charts. Playing with the Coral Ridge worship band is like playing in an excellent chamber music group. Rehearsals are intense and structured and it is our goal that worship transcends the instruments.
Few organists are practicing this nascent collaboration. I am starting to present workshops about organ/band collaboration. If you’d like to read more about integrating the organ into contemporary worship bands, I invite you to read this blog post, http://www.zachicks.com/blog/2014/1/20/how-the-organ-could-make-a-comeback-in-modern-church-music.html
Excerpted from an interview published in the August 2016 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter. Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and David Jordan, media specialist are the owners of Pro-Motion Music and the creators of organ and multi-media concert experiences. To learn more visit www.promotionmusic.org.
Jeannine and David Jordan had the privilege of presenting their organ and multi-media concert experience, From Sea to Shining Sea, to a variety of audiences in Des Peres (St. Louis), Missouri; Moorestown, New Jersey; and Akron and Athens, Ohio.
Invited for a return concert engagement following an audience-winning performance of the organ and multi-media concert, Bach and Sons, the Jordans returned with From Sea to Shining Sea to the Music at St. Paul’s Concert Series at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Des Peres, Missouri and to the First United Methodist Church of Moorestown, New Jersey where the concert was sponsored by an anonymous donor and the Southwest New Jersey AGO Chapter.
The Akron Chapter of the AGO and The Parish Arts Series of Fairlawn Lutheran Church in Akron were co-sponsors of the first concert in Ohio. The spring concluded with a performance on the Organ Recital Series at The First Presbyterian Church of Athens. Fifty high school students attended this concert – and for many, experienced a pipe organ for the first time – as part of the University of Ohio Summer Band Camp. What a thrill it was to share the organ with these young musicians.
Following each of these concerts, it was the desire of the hosting organizations to include a second and even third performance by the Jordans of their unique live organ and multi-media concerts in an upcoming season. Visit www.bachandsons.com, www.fromseatoshiningsea.net or www.aroundtheworldin80minutes.org to discover why you’ll want to bring one of these unique concert experiences to your sophisticated audience in the coming season. To schedule a performance of Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea or the Jordan’s newest organ and multi-media concert experience, Around the World in 80 Minutes, contact Dr. Jeannine Jordan at 541-905-0108 or email@example.com.
I. Get serious
II. Know what works for you
III. Get around the right people
IV. Build a team
V. Get going
I. Get serious
What? I am serious. Yes, I know, I know. Maybe things are fine the way they are and that’s nice, congratulations. Don’t break it if it doesn’t need fixing. But if you do want to take a step up a level or make some changes, here are a few tools that can help you get to where you might want to go.
You don’t have to change your life, just change your day.
Every day we come to, yes, a fork in the road. Like Yogi Berra said: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” We come to many “fork-in-the-road” moments every day. And we take the fork — sometimes without even thinking about it. The question is, did you want to take the fork you’re on?
A. You’ve got to want it more than you don’t want it.
We may not like the fork we took, but to choose not to take it again, you’ve got to want X more than you don’t want Y. When you come to a fork in the road, take the one you really want.
Everything will exact a certain price from you—energy, effort, patience, resources. Remember, doing nothing will also exact a price from you. There’s a difference between; “We are going to keep going until we have a predictably great program” to “Hmm… that was unpleasant.”
What do you think you want to get serious(er) about?__________________________
Excerpted from David Jordan’s article, Five Things You Can Do to Breathe New Life Into Your Program. Printed with permission from Pro-Motion Music LLC. David Jordan, media artist, and his wife Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist are the creators and performers of the live organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.