Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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Three Audience-Engaging Concerts

Live Organ and Multi-Media Concert Experiences

Created and performed by Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist with David Jordan, media artist

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Contact Jeannine Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org

From Sea to Shining Sea

is the story of the parallel development of the organ and its music in the colonies and the United States. Jeannine,as an actual Mayflower descendant, leads us through the first 200 years.

Bach and Sons



is the story of Johann Sebastian Bach and his family as told from the perspective of 4 women important in Bach’s life and includes historically informed performance of Bach’s greatest organ music.


Around the World in 80 Minutes

is a fast-moving concert that features unique global organ repertoire by native composers, and is as exciting as it sounds.




 Contact Jeannine Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org

Chelsea Chen Outside the Box

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.


Spring performances of From Sea to Shining Sea

S2SS logo October 2013

From Sea to Shining Sea

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 jeannine@promotionmusic.org.


Get Serious

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.


Rejoice and Sing!

One of my favorite hymns is Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing.  In fact it is such a favorite, that ten years ago a glorious setting of this powerful melody was played as my wedding processional.  (Yes, our 10th anniversary is coming up in July.)

As we approach the summer months, let us all take to heart the exhortations of the hymn writer, Cyril Alington, as we lift our voices in corporate and joyous song.

1 Good Christians all, rejoice and sing!
Now is the triumph of our King!
To all the world glad news we bring:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

2 The Lord of life is risen today.
Sing songs of praise along his way.
Let all the world rejoice and say:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

3 Praise we in songs of victory
that love, that life which cannot die,
and sing with hearts uplifted high:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

4 Your name we bless, O risen Lord,
and sing today with one accord
the life laid down, the life restored:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

5 To God the Father, God the Son,
to God the Spirit, three-in-one,
we sing for life in us begun:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

St. Bede organ

Dr. Jeannine Jordan is a life-long church musician and concert organist.  She and her husband, David 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.


Jeannine:  Where/when can one hear PIPEDREAMS?
Mr. Barone:  One can hear PIPEDREAMS on select public radio/classical music stations around the country, which can be found listed here:  http://pipedreams.publicradio.org/stations/  As some will note, various stations are quite enthusiastic about the notion of having an hour (or two!) of organ music in their weekly schedule, but other stations seem to think that they are doing a community service by including the program, even though they place it at inconvenient extremities of the day (very early morning, very late evening).  But something is better than nothing, and the weekly broadcasts of PIPEDREAMS on radio stations to reach a weekly audience of @200,000 people.  This could be a larger number, but we will get into that in a moment.

Regardless of the time of day or night, or the presence of a local radio broadcast of PIPEDREAMS, the weekly program can be accessed online at any time (24/7) wherever internet is available, with a very detailed website that includes links to artist biographies, CD sources, organ photos and specifications, at:  http://www.pipedreams.org.  In addition, you can link to an incredible archive of hundreds of past programs here.

Even so, with all of that accessibility and convenient time-shifting that online provides, still more than ten-times as many people hear PIPEDREAMS via the radio broadcast than via the internet (and that includes its global reach).  Go figure.  http://pipedreams.publicradio.org/listings/2016/.


Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist with her husband David, 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 Genesis of PIPEDREAMS

A continuation of the Pro-Motion Music newsletter interview with Michael Barone, senior executive producer of PIPEDREAMS.

Jeannine:  You are now the host and senior executive producer of PIPEDREAMS, the only nationally distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ.  Was PIPEDREAMS your concept/idea?  
Mr. Barone:  PIPEDREAMS was my idea, growing out of the recordings we made (during my tenure as Music Director) of the 1980 AGO Convention in Minnesota, and building on the MPR tradition of Sunday night broadcasts of THE ORGAN PROGRAM which I had initiated by 1970.  National distribution by satellite (as opposed to the previous analog-tapes-in-the-mail) made the process relatively uncomplicated, and a ‘sample series’ was broadcast January-March 1982.  Reaction was sufficiently positive, and access to future national AGO convention activities, my own growing collection of locally-recorded organ concerts, and the organ-music offerings of the European Broadcasting Union gave me hope that an ongoing, continuous presence for organ music on public radio could be sustained, and PIPEDREAMS returned as a regular, full-time weekly presence in October 1983, and has been chugging along ever since.

Jeannine:  How/where did PIPEDREAMS begin?
Mr. Barone:  I should give credit where it is due.  My manager at MPR in the 1980s was a gentleman named Nicholas D. Nash.  When I presented my notion of a special series of national broadcasts derived from the 1980 convention materials, he queried:  “What will you call your series?”  I had not thought that far ahead, but it would seem that he had, as in the moment of my indecisive pause he suggested, “Why not call your program PIPEDREAMS?”  And that was that.  Additionally, since I came to him with my idea after the budget for the fiscal year had been set, no money was available to pay the satellite uplink distribution charges.  But Nick’s brother-in-law happened to be an organ buff, and Nick put in a phone call to his sister, achieving what has turned out to be the continuous, and most generous, support of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley C. Dudley (whose beneficent encouragement of organ-related projects is by no means limited to PIPEDREAMS).

Jeannine:  What were some mileposts along the way for the program?
Mr. Barone:  Being invited to cover (as, as it turned out, the only broadcast media representative from the USA) the Calgary International Organ Festival during the several years of its presence, and the Canadian International Organ Competition which succeeded it.
Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist with her husband David, 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.

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