Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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Celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower

We are all in for a monumental celebration in 2020. You have the opportunity to share the historical dramatic organ concert From Sea to Shining Sea with your eager and engaged audience to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower! Join us, take your audience by the hand and lead them off the Mayflower into the wilderness of the colonies.

Bring them along to the first recorded use of an organ in a church service in 1703. Then we all get on an oxcart with Brother Wilhelm Grabs and deliver a new organ 400 miles to a church in Wachovia, North Carolina. The story is narrated by Mayflower descendant Dr. Jeannine Jordan. She will take your thoroughly engaged audience through the incredible, dramatic, musical, visual, and oral history of the organ making its way from the early colonies to the instrument of today.

Travel with us through the Battle of Trenton led by George Washington and his Continental Army.

Attend a fashionable wedding in Charleston.
Your audience will be thrilled with this live presentation. We use 5 cameras, computers, video and a cinematic screen to bring you and your audience into the story of the pipe organ in the Colonies and the new United States. Contact us now at david@promotionmusic.org to plan the event. 

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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

An Historic Organ from 1750 in Newton, Kansas!

teschemacher organ keydeskThe Teschemacher Organ built in 1750 now resides in the Kauffman Museum in Newton, Kansas.  It was meticulously restored by the Noak organbuilders and is beautifully displayed in its own museum hall.

The lovely cabinet organ of six stops was built in 1750 by Jacob Teschemacher for the Dutch Mennoninte minister, Johannes Deknatel who resided in Amsterdam.  The little organ was brought to America in 1868 and was donated to Bethel College in Newton, Kansas in 1910.

In this country an instrument dating to 1750 is extremely rare, so it was with great excitement that I learned of this instrument and was quickly able to make arrangements to spend several hours playing this exquisite gem of an organ.  It is yet another piece of the history of the organ in the colonies and United States.

teschemacher organTo learn more of this important aspect of the history of music in America, visit www.fromseatoshiningsea.org.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and creator of the organ and multi-media concert experience, From Sea to Shining Sea.

It’s Tough, But Musicians Need To Keep On Keeping On

You keep on keeping on. You have ethical consistency and predictability.

The anecdote, “The Gifted Musician” from Hidalgo’s writing, encourages us to consistently and predictably practice not only our instrument but also integrity in our musical life:

“Most people only enjoy listening to music, but some people also enjoy creating music. Some musicians are good, some are better and then there are those who are exceptionally good—considered to have the “gift” of music. But even they have to practice.

I attended a concert recently where a fan of the featured musician walked up to his favorite performer and said: “You’re an outstanding musician!” The artist replied saying: “Thank you, I appreciate you saying so. I practice everyday.”

Just as we as musicians must practice every day to maintain a high level of artistic talent, so too must we practice implementing integrity every day in our musical lives. 

We must keep on keeping on with what we know has integrity as performing, teaching, and church organists.

A Journey Through Time — From Sea to Shining Sea

A Journey Through Time

From Sea to Shining Searecalls the organ’s past in the U.S.’

Time travel may not be possible, but don’t tell that to organist Dr. Jeannine Jordan. Jordan takes music lov­ers on a journey through 200 years of organ history in a music and multimedia perfor­mance. “It’s a complete package of the lives of colonists and lives of musicians and how they interacted.”

Using music, anecdotes and images, Jordan and her media artist husband David Jordan tell the story of the beginnings of organs in the colonies and its progress and impact through the late 1800.  After extensive research into the lives of early American organists (1700-1850) in five select Ameri­can cities, Jordan discovered a wealth of information about the musicians, their instruments and the music those organists played. The historically accurate visual images David Jordan presents in the program reinforce the story graphically.

Original Church of 1703_jpgThe history lesson gets set into motion with a quoted diary entry from 1703 describing the playing of a voluntary on the organ in the gallery, by Jonas, the or­ganist. Found in a diary from a member of the Mystics of Wissahickon who worshiped in Philadelphia, it is the first documented evidence in the country of an organ­ist, an organ and organ music.

The program continues by giving a persona to the organists, visuals of places, and life to history in the making. Attendees will see and hear important histori­cal events such as the Battle of Trenton and the long, hard road of bringing the organ around Cape Horn to San Francisco and making that final trip to Oregon via oxcart.

“You’ll hear how the organ came across the Appa­lachian Mountains and ended up in Indian territory,” said Jordan. “You’ll see what it was like for them to hear an organ for the first time. It’s a beautiful story on how the two cultures came together.”

Images help place the listener in cities, churches and homes, and the music played brings the listener closer to the artistic life of the colonies and fledgling United States.  “From Sea to Shining Sea” –a one-of-a-kind event with media and great music for the organ.

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