Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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Storytelling is central to the human existence.

10 Things Classical Audiences Want

We’re all constantly exchanging our own narratives. We do it all the time. We do it on the phone, we do it online, we do it in coffee shops, we do with people we love, we do with people we just met for the first time. This is not new. For thousands of years almost every human culture has been telling stories. Telling stories helps make sense of what it is to be human.

Stories let us carve our initials into the wet cement of the moment.

Creating stories allows for a prophetic dimension to emerge from the relics of our musical heritage,inspiring a reinterpretation. To discover in them something we have not seen before. The story-line both informs and creates a context for the various pieces, all perfectly delightful in and of themselves, but now enhanced by their new placement within ideas quite relevant to our current lives. Can they speak to modern ears, with new meaning? Yes, absolutely.

We know this much: people want to be immersed.They want to get involved in a story, to carve out a role for themselves, to make it their own.
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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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Jeannine and her organ students

Picture 16 squares in a multi-colored quilt. A quilt in which each square tells a different and unique story with a history that is like no one else’s. That quilt is Jeannine’s organ studio and the squares (sorry just turned out that way) in the quilt are her organ students. They are part of a small affirming community that uniquely encourages and supports each other. Granted I like to see how they are making progress, but what I am really engrossed with is how they are so very supportive of each other. It’s amazing. Having gotten two degrees in music, I’m not used to musicians being very nice to each other. Huh.

Those students range in ages from 8 to infinity and enjoy playing and listening to each other. Most of the time the students hit home runs. Sometimes they don’t. But if they don’t there’s no fear that someone is going to “shake their heads” (Psalm 109:25) It’s a community of which more people should be a part. It’s a great way to build up your courage, experience, and oh yes, your organ skills.
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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

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Jeannine and her class piano students

Listen and you can hear the leaves crunch under your feet. It’s a beautiful fall day. You’re on the campus of the University of Portland. The soothing but infrequent sun is wrapping you in a warm blanket that only fall can create. The leaves are wonderful red, orange and gold. Just serene. Wait, is that a lady pushing a piano across the campus? Really? How’s she doing that, more importantly WHY?

Well, that lady would be Jeannine. She is pushing the piano to the cafeteria so that her class piano students can perform their required “recital” piece for the rest of the dining hall. She really can build up confidence in her students.

25 years at the University of Portland and she still gets a smile when she thinks of those somewhat diligent non-music majors taking this “do I have to” class and ending up liking it and feeling confident enough to play for their peers in the dining hall.

Can I get a WOW?
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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

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Jeannine – the church organist

They can be quiet, somber, joyful, powerful, contemplative, encouraging, exciting and more. Since age 11 Jeannine has always played for church. One of the joys of her life, besides me, (what can I say, I’m a lucky guy) is to lead worship — to help a congregation come closer to the presence of God through their worship. The hymns and the texts are so powerful. It is only natural to augment the richness of the music and text with a creative approach and the power of the organ. I like to think that I’m fortunate to go to church every Sunday and have the best organist anywhere leading worship.

See, she wouldn’t say something like that. That’s why I’m writing this.
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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

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