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Three Audience-Engaging Concerts

Live Organ and Multi-Media Concert Experiences

Created and performed by Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist with David Jordan, media artist

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Contact Jeannine Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org

From Sea to Shining Sea

is the story of the parallel development of the organ and its music in the colonies and the United States. Jeannine,as an actual Mayflower descendant, leads us through the first 200 years.

Bach and Sons



is the story of Johann Sebastian Bach and his family as told from the perspective of 4 women important in Bach’s life and includes historically informed performance of Bach’s greatest organ music.


Around the World in 80 Minutes

is a fast-moving concert that features unique global organ repertoire by native composers, and is as exciting as it sounds.




 Contact Jeannine Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org

Spring performances of From Sea to Shining Sea

S2SS logo October 2013

From Sea to Shining Sea

Jeannine and David Jordan had the privilege of presenting their organ and multi-media concert experience, From Sea to Shining Sea, to a variety of audiences in Des Peres (St. Louis), Missouri; Moorestown, New Jersey; and Akron and Athens, Ohio.

Invited for a return concert engagement following an audience-winning performance of the organ and multi-media concert, Bach and Sons, the Jordans returned with From Sea to Shining Sea to the Music at St. Paul’s Concert Series at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Des Peres, Missouri and to the First United Methodist Church of Moorestown, New Jersey where the concert was sponsored by an anonymous donor and the Southwest New Jersey AGO Chapter.

The Akron Chapter of the AGO and The Parish Arts Series of Fairlawn Lutheran Church in Akron were co-sponsors of the first concert in Ohio.  The spring concluded with a performance on the Organ Recital Series at The First Presbyterian Church of Athens.  Fifty high school students attended this concert – and for many, experienced a pipe organ for the first time – as part of the University of Ohio Summer Band Camp.  What a thrill it was to share the organ with these young musicians.

Following each of these concerts, it was the desire of the hosting organizations to include a second and even third performance by the Jordans of their unique live organ and multi-media concerts in an upcoming season.  Visit www.bachandsons.com, www.fromseatoshiningsea.net or www.aroundtheworldin80minutes.org to discover why you’ll want to bring one of these unique concert experiences to your sophisticated audience in the coming season. To schedule a performance of Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea or the Jordan’s newest organ and multi-media concert experience, Around the World in 80 Minutes, contact Dr. Jeannine Jordan at 541-905-0108 or jeannine@promotionmusic.org.



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.

The Genesis of PIPEDREAMS

A continuation of the Pro-Motion Music newsletter interview with Michael Barone, senior executive producer of PIPEDREAMS.

Jeannine:  You are now the host and senior executive producer of PIPEDREAMS, the only nationally distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ.  Was PIPEDREAMS your concept/idea?  
Mr. Barone:  PIPEDREAMS was my idea, growing out of the recordings we made (during my tenure as Music Director) of the 1980 AGO Convention in Minnesota, and building on the MPR tradition of Sunday night broadcasts of THE ORGAN PROGRAM which I had initiated by 1970.  National distribution by satellite (as opposed to the previous analog-tapes-in-the-mail) made the process relatively uncomplicated, and a ‘sample series’ was broadcast January-March 1982.  Reaction was sufficiently positive, and access to future national AGO convention activities, my own growing collection of locally-recorded organ concerts, and the organ-music offerings of the European Broadcasting Union gave me hope that an ongoing, continuous presence for organ music on public radio could be sustained, and PIPEDREAMS returned as a regular, full-time weekly presence in October 1983, and has been chugging along ever since.

Jeannine:  How/where did PIPEDREAMS begin?
Mr. Barone:  I should give credit where it is due.  My manager at MPR in the 1980s was a gentleman named Nicholas D. Nash.  When I presented my notion of a special series of national broadcasts derived from the 1980 convention materials, he queried:  “What will you call your series?”  I had not thought that far ahead, but it would seem that he had, as in the moment of my indecisive pause he suggested, “Why not call your program PIPEDREAMS?”  And that was that.  Additionally, since I came to him with my idea after the budget for the fiscal year had been set, no money was available to pay the satellite uplink distribution charges.  But Nick’s brother-in-law happened to be an organ buff, and Nick put in a phone call to his sister, achieving what has turned out to be the continuous, and most generous, support of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley C. Dudley (whose beneficent encouragement of organ-related projects is by no means limited to PIPEDREAMS).

Jeannine:  What were some mileposts along the way for the program?
Mr. Barone:  Being invited to cover (as, as it turned out, the only broadcast media representative from the USA) the Calgary International Organ Festival during the several years of its presence, and the Canadian International Organ Competition which succeeded it.
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.

Who is radio host Michael Barone?

This month’s newsletter features an interview with the eloquent and most interesting Michael Barone, the creator and host of PIPEDREAMS, a man who is dedicated to keeping the “sound” of the story alive.

For those of you who “grew up” tuning into the radio program PIPEDREAMS on Sunday evenings, you’ll find a wealth of wonderful information about this man whose voice introduced us to extraordinary instruments and performers playing awe-inspiring organ music.  For those of you who don’t yet “know” PIPEDREAMS, now is the time to help us keep the story of the organ alive.  Visit http://www.pipedreams.org to discover the world of the organ.  You can listen online or find a broadcast on your favorite radio station of this icon of a program.  Thank you, Mr. Barone.  The organ world would simply not be the same without your vision and work.

Jeannine:  Who is Michael Barone?  How did you come to be the senior executive producer of PIPEDREAMS?  What was your first interaction with the pipe organ?

Mr. Barone:  My first exposure to the pipe organ was at our church, Kingston Presbyterian in northeast Pennsylvania, which housed a turn-of-the-century Hook and Hastings pipe organ, electrified with a Möeller console at some point mid-century (I have no memory of it being otherwise, and I attended church beginning @1950.  Watching the organist, Marion Wallace (who later became my piano teacher) manipulate the manuals, pedals and stops from our vantage point in a near-front pew provided interesting distraction to a young kid already (innately?) attracted to classical music.  The church also enjoyed several rather incredible Tiffany stained glass windows and a Tiffany mosaic of an angel in the wall above the pulpit, so there was plenty to look at as well as listen to.   My brother Chris (two years younger) and I would stand bench-side during the postlude and alternate in being given permission to switch the organ ‘off’ at the end of service.

Jeannine:  What/who built upon your curiosity for the pipe organ?
Mr. Barone:  I think I built on my own organ curiosity myself, attracted to some recordings of organ music found at my friend’s homes…Fred Myers family had a good hi-fi and happened to own an LP of Bach played by Eduard Commette at the Cathedral (St. Jean) in Lyon (a Merklin-Schütze, not your ideal Bach organ, perhaps); and Robert Wech, who owned some of the Columbia Masterworks Bach albums that Albert Schweitzer has recorded at Gunsbach Parish in Alsace (again, perhaps not the ideal Bach organ), but from age 13 on I began building my own collection of organ recordings (which was begun by a gift from Wech of Schweitzer playing Widor and Mendelssohn), financed by proceeds of my afternoon paper route (remember afternoon newspapers!?).  Soon some albums by Biggs and Fox were added, along with Carl Weinrich, Robert Owen, Robert Noehren, Richard Ellsasser, Berj Zamkochian, William Whitehead, Walter Kraft, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Flor Peeters, Gaston Litaize…as you can see, my interests from an early age were quite eclectic.

Jeannine:  What was the result of that curiosity?  Performer?  Church musician?  Builder?  Teacher?  Producer?
Mr. Barone:  Since I had been taking piano lessons since age 5, and played sousaphone in the middle-school and high-school bands from Grade Five, and sang in the high-school choir from Grade 9, I explored organ playing on my own (my piano teacher, also the church organist, from whom I would normally have taken lessons) already was a bit unhappy with my broad-but-thin application of my musical energies.  She did not prevent me from poking around on my own on the church organ, but I did not study with her formally.  I did generate sufficient capability that I would play an occasional piece on the Allen electronic during high-school assemblies, and played ‘summer substitute’ at some local churches.

Indeed, real ‘lessons’ did not begin until I started at Oberlin in the autumn of 1964, and at that point I studied with an organ major and did not apply for study with one of the organ professors until second semester (or was it not until sophomore year?), ending up in the studio of Haskell Thomson.

I had no expectations of a performing career (I am musical, but my hand-eye coordination is not of a superior sort), was not particularly interested in becoming a teacher, and had never considered a career in radio…the farthest thing from my mind.

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.


Mark Lawson as clinician

Jeannine:  Besides being a leader in the music publishing world, you are also active as a clinician, writer and conductor.  What are the topics important to you today in the area of church music?  Choral music?  Organ music?

Mr. Lawson: Over the past few years I have been asked to speak most frequently about matters related to “music and management” and matters related trends and new models in music publishing.

I also have a very strong interest in worship practices in the various denominations. I think there are many interesting things happening that should be crossing over denominational lines and it is exciting to help this happen by being a resource.

Jeannine:  Where will your work take you in 2016?   Clinics, festivals?

Mr. Lawson:  It will certainly be a busy year. We are attending 3 ACDA conventions, Chorus America in Cincinnati, the AGO in Houston, the National Pastoral Musicians convention in Houston, the National Association of Teachers of Singing in Chicago, one of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians conferences in Fort Wayne, Texas Choral Directors convention, and the St. Olaf Worship conference.

Jeannine:  In summary – websites, links?

Mr. Lawson:  If you want to stay in touch with what we are doing, we have two publishing websites:

Both of these sites offer monthly e-newsletters in various genres as well as lots of information about our publishing activities.

Thank you very much for this chance to connect with your readers.

This interview originally appeared in the April issue of the Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.  To read the entire interview visit www.promotionmusic.org.  Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist, is the co-owner of Pro-Motion Music LLC with her husband, David Jordan, media-artist.  Together they are the creators and performers of the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Around the World in 80 Minutes, Bach and Sons, and From Seat to Shining Sea.

Mark Lawson and Galaxy Music Corporation

Jeannine:  As President of the ECS Publishing Group, you oversee the publishing activities for E.C. Schirmer, Galaxy Music Corporation, and MorningStar Music Publishers.  Each company represents publications that are known for excellence!  Excellence in compositions, composers represented, and published format.

  • How is each publisher different/the same?
  • What genre of music is published by each?
  • Who is the audience of each?  Church musician, organist, pianist, choral director, school director?
  • Representative composers of each?
  • New 2016 releases?

Mr. Lawson:  In 1985 ECS acquired Galaxy Music Corporation, a New York company founded in 1930. The Galaxy Music Corporation had a strong connection to the New York music scene as well as strong European ties. This acquisition added names such as K.K. Davis, Robert Ward, and brought in many works by Holst, Vaughan Williams, Herbert Howells and Sibelius. Galaxy was very active in the publishing of Opera, Piano, Vocal, Chamber, and Choral music and included such great works as “The Crucible” by Robert Ward and owned the U.S. rights to the “Sea Symphony,” “London Symphony” and “Five Mystical Songs” by Vaughan Williams.

We are often asked if this is seen as a merger of these companies, and we try to explain that only the back office and warehousing functions have been merged. We keep the editorial staff functioning quite independently from each other.

All three companies had extensive new releases in this past year, and they are best seen by visiting our web-sites.

This interview originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of the Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.  To read the entire interview visit www.promotionmusic.org.  Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist, is the co-owner of Pro-Motion Music LLC with her husband, David Jordan, media-artist.  Together they are the creators and performers of the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Around the World in 80 Minutes, Bach and Sons, and From Sea to Shining Sea.

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