Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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Re-Imagining Organ Concerts


In our article,10 Things That Classical Audiences Want, there are several interesting thoughts. Well, actually ten. One is that classical audiences want to have a unique concert experience. Another, classical audiences want you to expand their interest. And yet another, classical audiences want to be moved – to be transported.Aubrey Bergauer, California Symphonyexecutive says: “People think that to bring in younger audiences you need ‘The Symphony Meets the Beatles,’ but a Beethoven symphony is amazing to anyone.You don’t have to ‘symphonize’ pop music,” Cabrera says. “We needed to change the experience, not the repertoire.”

Funny she should mention that. Re-Imagining is what we have done with our organ concerts. One day we were lounging [fretting] about wondering, “What if an organ concert was an event that was captivating, engaging, thought-provoking, filled with visual cues and stories…do you think people would like that? What if non-organists found organ concerts amazing?”
Hmm. Let’s try that.

Step 1: Take the photograph
Steps 2-30,005: Create concerts

David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , and his wife, Dr. Jeannine Jordan, 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

The Use of 21st Century Technology in Student Organ Recitals

This spring, instead of the usual student recital with each student playing their favorite repertoire for friends and family, we planned a Jordan Organ Studio Music Sharing Afternoon with the addition of 21st century technology. So how did we incorporate this technology in our musical afternoon?

1. By using a MIDI sound module. Students incorporated MIDI sounds in their organ registration, posing new sound possibilities     for well-known organ repertoire and presenting contemporary repertoire in a 21st century sound dimension.

2. By using a MIDI sequencer. One student presented a sequencing demonstration using Walther’s setting of “Wachet Auf” as a model for innovative practice techniques. Another student who knew she could not attend the recital, recorded her piece and through the use of the sequencer it was played for the audience with all registration changes and expressive nuances.

4. By using a computer, wireless web access, a projector, and a screen. We discovered music websites and had real time instruction on how to navigate these sites. Several students brought laptop computers to follow the presentation and bookmark sites on their personal computers.

5. By using a digital recorder. Each student’s performance was recorded then downloaded to the that student’s personal web page complete with program notes on our Pro-Motion Music website. The student can then listen to their work and/or share the link with family and friends.

Our day of exploring 21st century technology in the organ world ended with an “old-fashioned” sheet music exchange and time to share ideas while enjoying good food and camaraderie.

Jeannine Jordan, organ instructor and concert organist

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