Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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How will you structure your practice time?

Will you improve your church playing making excellence in your music a priority?

Do you play hymns correctly, accurately, and at the correct tempo? Mark in fingering and pedaling, use the metronome to keep a steady tempo.

Do you enhance hymns to encourage congregational singing? Resources abound for introductions, harmonizations, and codas. The resource I use weekly is Hal Hopson’s The Creative Use of the Organ in Worship. Every church organist should own this volume.

Are you choosing voluntaries appropriate to the season and/or service topic? Volumes of hymn tune arrangements published by Darcey Press provide organists of all denominations a plethora of superb hymn based music.

Are you communicating well with you music director, pastor, choir director or music partner? Developing this skill is of paramount importance to the success of all church musicians.

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, has a large organ studio with students of all ages and skill levels.  With her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , they 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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Feast of the Epiphany

A season of four to nine weeks, from the Feast of the Epiphany (Jan. 6) through the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The length of the season varies according to the date of Easter. The gospel stories of this season describe various events that manifest the divinity of Jesus. The coming of the Magi is celebrated on the Epiphany. The Baptism of our Lord is observed on the Sunday after Epiphany. The gospels for the other Sundays of the Epiphany season describe the wedding at Cana, the calling of the disciples, and various miracles and teachings of Jesus. The Last Sunday after the Epiphany is always devoted to the Transfiguration. Jesus’ identity as the Son of God is dramatically revealed in the Transfiguration gospel, as well as the gospel of the baptism of Christ. We are called to respond to Christ in faith through the showings of his divinity recorded in the gospels of the Epiphany season.  (From An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church – A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians by Armentrout and Slocum)

To explore the scriptures of the Feast of Epiphany, the Episcopal Hymnal 1982 is a superb resource:


Epiphany Sunday – Hymn #124 – What star is this that beams so bright – Puer Nobis
What star is this, with beams so bright, more beauteous than the noonday light? 
It shines to herald forth the King, and Gentiles to his crib to bring.

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The Baptism of our Lord – Hymn #121 – Christ, when for us you were baptized – Caithness
Christ, when for us you were baptized, God’s Spirit on you came,
as peaceful as a dove and yet as urgent as a flame.

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The calling of the disciples – Hymn #661 – They cast their nets in Galilee – Georgetown
They cast their nets in Galilee just off the hills of brown;
such happy, simple fisherfolk, before the Lord came down.

The Transfiguration – Hymn #129 – Christ upon the mountain peak – Mousley
Christ upon the mountain peak stands alone in glory blazing;
let us, if we dare to speak, with the saints and angels praise him.  Alleluia!

Let us respond to Christ in faith through the showings of his divinity recorded in the gospels and brought forth in the beauty of the hymnody of the Epiphany season. 
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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

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Blessed by the choir’s music at Chautauqua

As a church musician I do not often have the opportunity to worship without being in a leadership role. During our week at the Chautauqua Institution last month I was so blessed to sit in the “pew”, listen to the organ prelude and the choir’s call to worship and anthem, and sing the hymns with a congregation numbering in the thousands. What a blessing it was to worship under the leadership of the musicians of Chautauqua’s daily ecumenical services.

The Chautauqua Choir sang several anthems at each of the six worship services. We learned that it is a 20 hour/week commitment to serve in the choir — a responsibility to enhance each worship service with their music that was not taken lightly by any choir member we met. Their music — a result of the dedication of many people — was so uplifting and such a blessing. Thank you Chautauqua choir!

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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

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Why We Need to Practice

Interesting fact: In a liturgical worship service with communion, how
many notes, on average, do you think are played by the organist?
A. 999
B. 7, 045
C.. 11,023
If you guessed, 11,023 — you are the winner! WOW!
Some organist actually counted all those notes!
Those are a lot of notes to play at the right time, in the right tempo, on a
pleasing registration to lead our congregations in worship.
Some of you are playing for those complicated liturgical services, some of you are playing three hymns and a prelude and postlude, some are
playing a different type service each week. No matter how many notes
you are playing in a service, your congregation is blessed by your
practice! Blessed because you have taken your calling as a church
organist seriously enough to lead hymn singing effectively and
confidently, blessed by the care in which you chose and presented your
prelude and postludes, blessed by your meditative music during
communion. They are blessed because your music enhances and does not detract from their worship. Thank you, church organists, for your
dedication to your craft.
And, what if you are not a church organist, but are exploring music to
play for a recital, to record for posterity, or to play for a family member
or friend, how many notes are you playing?
A. 1.024
B. 6,397
C. 15,978
D. More?
Your practice is equally as important. With each practice session you are building skills, building confidence, working toward your goal.You are
blessing yourself and others with your music.Happy practicing!

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, has a large organ studio with students of all ages and skill levels.  With her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , they 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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