Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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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.




Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

Affect, animate, arouse, cause, embolden, excite, galvanize, impress




Of extraordinary quality, as if arising from some external creative impulse.

“They had to thank the choir for the inspired singing”

Activated,animated,encouraged,energized,exhilarated, influenced

motivated, moved


“I just can’t listen to any more Wagner, you know…I’m starting to get the urge to conquer Poland.”  Woody Allen

Okay, I don’t know if that’s the inspiration we are looking for in our music, but it is inspiration. We often find ourselves in one of two positions, that of needing to inspire or that of needing to be inspired.

Sometimes our effort of inspiring leaves us depleted and feeling that inspiration has left us forever. Rejoice, it hasn’t. Those are the times we need to let our souls, minds, and heart rest and get an infilling of inspiration ourselves.

“Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration,

if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.” Igor Stravinsky

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 
 Victor Hugo

We as musicians have been given such a tremendous gift.  So many people truly need what we have for them.  Sometimes we forget that. Even when we might not feel inspired there are people we need to inspire. We look outward for inspiration but we have it in our hands, feet, head, and most of all in our own hearts.

With the tremendous gift we have been given, we have an obligation to inspire others and remember to  allow ourselves to be inspired. Sometimes we are amazed at the sounds that emanate from that most magnificent of instruments on which we work, and are taken aback that we helped create that sound that is beyond words.

“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.”
Leonard Bernstein

Excerpted from an article by David Jordan, media artist, published in the March 2016 issue of the Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.  Mr. Jordan and his wife, concert organist Jeannine Jordan, are the creators and performers of three unique audience-engaging multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Contact Jeannine at jeannine@promotionmusic.org to learn more of these unique events.




Meet World Renown Organist Stephen Tharp

Jeannine:  Our newsletter readership includes not only organists,but educators, historians, and music-lovers as well.  For those who do not know you, would you kindly introduce yourself.

Mr. Tharp:  My name is Stephen Tharp, a native of Chicago living in New York City for the past 20 years.  While I love my work as a church musician, my central focus is as a concert performer, traveling globally to play concerts, teach masterclasses and make recordings.  I am one of the few organists in the world who is lucky enough to make a life as a touring artist the primary focus.

J:  1400 organ concerts worldwide and counting!  What a legacy!  From Sydney to Reykajavik; from Los Angeles to Milano; from Leipzig to Hong Kong.  With degrees from Illinois College and Northwestern University, I assume you hail from the Midwest.  Who/what was your inspiration to become a concert organist?  How/where did your concert career begin? 

Mr. Tharp:  I was raised in the Chicago suburbs where my parents attended a Lutheran Church.  By age 6, the Schlicker pipe organ there had mesmerized me to the point where I begged them for music lessons.  (As a little boy fascinated by machines that were large and could produce big sounds, a pipe organ was a next logical step after years of hearing it every Sunday!)  The teacher they found for me, however, insisted that I first learn what I was doing and start with the piano.  I remember not being terribly happy about that at the time, but we  went with it for two years, adding the organ (with the same teacher) when I was 8 and just tall enough to reach the pedalboard.  That teacher’s name (yes, his real name) was James. T. Thunder.  We worked together for quite a while, until I switched to Wolfgang Rübsam at Northwestern University, who took me on as a private student during my high school years. After some truly wonderful experiences working with Rudolf Zuiderveld (organ) and Garrett Allman (piano) for my B.A. degree at Illinois College in downstate Jacksonville, I did my M.M. in organ performance with Rübsam at Northwestern.  Luckily, I was always able to perform here and there while a student, especially during summer breaks, and various friends/colleagues in Chicago were extremely kind to me during all my formative student years, offering me chances to perform at their churches.  That’s when I began to “cut my teeth,” as it were, in front of audiences.

J:  How did you build your worldwide concert career?

Mr. Tharp:  I spent 7 years under the management of Karen McFarlane Artists.  Ultimately, however, the approach I have always used in Europe – where personal relationships win over what is seen as the “impersonal, corporate approach” with agents – was better for me.  My first concerts in Europe were in England while still in my teens, and so Britain was, at one time, the place where I had performed the most often.  That changed in 1996 when I met German organist and improvisateur Wolfgang Seifen.  He was visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral while I was Organist there and, in reciprocation for a recital at the Cathedral, he offered to arrange my first concert tour of Germany, which took place in 1997.  Over the 46 overseas tours that I have made to date, it is still Germany that takes the prize now as the European country wherein I have performed the most.

In the USA, I have also been very fortunate.  Most of the concert halls I’d admired as a child or as a student have hosted me in performance; Disney Hall, Los Angeles; Symphony Center, Chicago; Woolsey Hall, Yale University; the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia; Spivey Hall, Atlanta are but a few.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, interviewer, is a concert organist who with her husband David Jordan presents the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea.

4 Reasons Why a Busy Advent/Christmas Season is a Great Thing

by David Jordan

1.Listening to music releases Dopamine in the brain.

a.Valorie Salimpoor (2011) and her team conducted research that shows that listening to music can release the neurotransmitter dopamine. Even anticipating music can release dopamine.

b.People have favorite music that induces euphoria. Be aware of that.

c. Anticipating the pleasurable parts of music activates different areas of the brain and neurotransmitters than actually listening to and experiencing the music.

d.Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Dopamine also helps regulate movement and emotional responses, and it enables us not only to see rewards, but to take action to move toward them.

2.The more difficult something is to achieve; the more people like it.

a.Of course I would highly recommend that you do help them actually achieve it.

b. If you want people to join your community, choir, body, you might find that people put more value on it if there are steps that have to be taken to join. Filling out an application, meeting certain criteria, being invited by others — all of these can be seen as barriers to entry but they may also mean that the people who do join, are going to care more about the group.

3. People are more motivated as they get closer to a goal.

a.The goal-gradient effect says that you will accelerate your behavior as you progress closer to your goal.

b. People focus on what’s left more than what’s completed. People are focused on what’s left to accomplish. Perfect for advent/Christmas concerts and special services.  The shorter distance to the goal the more motivated people are to reach it. People are even more motivated when the end is in sight.

4.People are more motivated by intrinsic rewards than extrinsic rewards.

a. People want to the experience of learning and improving.

b.They are motivated when what they are doing helps connect with other people.

c. Heuristic work assumes the work itself provides intrinsic motivation through a sense of accomplishment.

I hope this will give a different perspective on what we often experience as just overwhelming. During the next several weeks, look for ways to create a more robust and excited choir, church, community, entity of MIPs (Musically Important People). People that are looking forward to every moment of participation in this glorious season.

Have a very Merry Christmas and Thank You.

David Jordan, media artist and Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist, are the creators and performers of the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea.  They are also church musicians.


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