Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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Yes, she loves being an organist

This even took me by surprise. I asked Jeannine;

If you had it all to do over again would you do the same thing, become an organist?

Within a nanosecond she said “Oh absolutely, I wouldn’t change a thing. My music has taken me to great places where I met incredible people and experienced things I never would have in other occupations. I love my life and work.”

Experiencing dramatic and diverse people, encountering unbelievable obstacles, and getting through those barriers is rather like the stories that we tell in our story-driven dramatic organ and multimedia concert experiences.

Our concerts take a plethora of skills, much time, much practice, much correction, much effort to create, and much work to contact the right people to host a performance. The creations themselves are outside-the-box and even though people love them when they attend one, they have no idea what to expect because they’ve never seen a concert like ours before. Performing, narrating, acting, drawing, video-making, getting corrected and directed. It all adds up to what we are doing, and it is my joy to be a part of the creation and performance of our concerts with my incredible husband, David.

She really did say all those things. I think she must be pretty sure she’s happy with her life as an organist. And I’m glad.

To all of our newsletter readers — thanks for being part of our community and supporting us outside-the-box. 

Thanks, David

PS: The stories of Jeannine’s Hooky Precision Ice Skating Club, her past life with goats, peacocks, and ducks, the weeks spent in primary research in church attics and museums up and down the East coast, and her piloting a 50’ long narrow boat up and down the Oxford canal will have to wait for another time. 

Bad Belzig Organ 2

Alexander Schuke organ of 1906

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and 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.  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert


A multi-generational organ building project

The late afternoon saw our third “build” (at St. Bede Episcopal Church in Forest Grove, Oregon) with youth taking the lead and younger kids eagerly assisting – some for the second time.   With this busy group the organ was built in record time.  My student assistants then shared some of their favorite pieces playing our sanctuary organ.

Orgelkids day -whole group assembling

We did it!  We built a pipe a two octave, fully functional and playable miniature pipe organ at St. Bede three times in one day.  Awesome!


Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and 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.  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert


Ray Cornils, Educator

Jeannine: With such an intense church and Kotschmar schedule, it is amazing that you had time for additional activities. However, the work you have done in education is incredibly creative and truly astounding. Would you kindly describe some of your work with young people and how each of us might take steps to provide such opportunities to further and promote the organ in our own communities?

Mr. Cornils: In the late 1990’s the FOKO board noted the aging of our audiences. After much discussion, we developed an educational outreach program targeted at working with students at various local schools. Using the AGO Pipeworks curriculum, developed by the Seattle Chapter of the AGO, we worked with local teachers and school administration to align a curriculum with the Maine State Learning Standards, using the organ and its music as the launchpad for exploration of various subjects.

David Wallace, a local organ builder and curator of the Kotzschmar, designed and built a small, 5-rank pipe organ that can be moved into the classroom. It has both an electric blower and a hand pump. Using plexiglass panels, key and stop actions are easily visible. With the guidance of then FOKO Executive Director Kathleen Grammer and under the excellent leadership and highly experienced Chair of the Education Committee, Dr. Elsa Geskus, FOKO offers education curricula based on how a pipe organ works, the music, life and times of J. S. Bach; the music, life and times of Olivier Messiaen; and a wave-form energy unit for science classes. We called this program Kotzschmar 4 Kids.

In addition to in-classroom experiences, we would take classes of students to a local church organ for a concert, which was designed to illustrate and reinforce the learning concepts presented in the classroom. At the end of the school year, the classes would then come to Merrill Auditorium to hear and explore the Kotzschmar Organ in a program called Meet the King of Instruments.

We also developed a one-day festival of integrative arts and scienceKotzsch-O-Rama, an all-day immersion in the music of Bach or Messiaen through various stations of activities in art, creative writing, movement, science, and creations in various media to the music of one of these composers.

Our goal is to give every child an understanding of and appreciation for the pipe organ, especially the Kotzschmar Organ, through an integrated educational exploration in the areas of math, science, music, social studies and history, as well as to experience a live performance specifically geared to their age level at Merrill Auditorium.

In addition to my educational pursuits with FOKO for about 10 years, I taught as part of the faculty of the Young Organist’s Collaborative (YOC), based in Portsmouth, NH. This organization has given scholarships to about 1-=16 high school organists per year for study with a YOC faculty member. They also participate in a group masterclass each year and perform in a year end recital. There is a wealth of wonderfully talented young musicians who are now playing the organ because of this program. Many have gone on to major in organ in college and are in successful careers as organists.

Excerpted from the September 2018 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.  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.

The Seven P’s

Proper Prior Practice Prevents Piddly Poor Performance

Once again, David and I have been traveling and performing and once again, I’ve met creative colleagues — teachers, performers, church musicians all.  Of course, we talk about our work in all its guises and share ideas, thoughts, repertoire, and pithy comments.

From my conversations with Gregory Largent in Saginaw, Michigan comes the inspiration for this article — the 7 P words.   These seven little words just happen to be very apropos this month with the Jordan Organ Studio Spring Recital just a few weeks away.

Let’s take this pithy little phrase apart and see just what we performers are up against!

Proper = of the required type; suitable or appropriate.

Prior = existing or coming before in time, order, or importance.

Practice = to perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency.

Prevents = keep (something) from happening or arising.

Piddly = pathetically trivial; trifling.

Poor = worse than is usual, expected, or desirable; of a low or inferior standard or quality.

Performance = a person’s rendering of a dramatic role, song, or piece of music.


Pretty, Pleasant, Pleasing, Profound, Polished, Passionate Performances!



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.

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