Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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How will you structure your practice?

Will you explore new repertoire?

Have you explored music of different eras? The Organist’s Manual by Roger E. Davis has short pieces from nearly all eras of organ composition. Take time to play through pieces to get a flavor of the music then ask for guidance finding music of a specific era.

Did you hear music you liked on our past recitals? Go back to the programs and get the name of specific composers then ask your teacher or fellow students for details.

Interested in Renaissance music? There is a wealth of information on this genre online.

What about Bach? Have you played any of the little 8 preludes and fugues? What about the gorgeous chorales from the Orgelbuchlein?

Baroque composers abound. Again, try shorter pieces in the The Organist’s Manual by Roger E. Davis  to get ideas and the names of composers.

The Romantics? Mendelssohn, Franck, Boellman? See above.

Are you ready for new harmonies and rhythms? Maybe music by a contemporary composer would be for you, Again, start with Davis or ask Jeannine questions.

Do you prefer hymn-tune arrangements? Visit Darcey Press.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, has a large organ studio with students of all ages and skill levels.  With her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , they 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

Hymn-based organ repertoire

Excerpted from the Jordan Organ Studio October 2018 Newsletter.

Most all of us are currently playing some sort of hymn-based repertoire either for use in a church service, for the upcoming recital, or simply for pleasure.

Question: Do you know when the hymntune your piece is based on was originally composed? Do you know the text of the hymn? Have you discovered something interesting about the composer of your piece? Hmmm…a little research makes music come alive. I simply love learning something new about repertoire — and each of you certainly helps me do that on a weekly basis!

My new lesson week began yesterday afternoon with three inspirational lessons following our worship service. All three were filled with hymn based repertoire. My eight-year-old’s lesson (following a service where she played three hymn variations for the prelude) included new hymn based repertoire in addition to her favorite trumpet tunes; my newest student – a talented 13-year-old with the goal to become a church organist, added two more hymns to her “completed hymn list” and prepared a Bach Prelude for an upcoming church service; and Walter and I played hymns from the 1920 Protestant Episcopal hymnal and Bach’s Orgelbuchlein for two lovely hours. Just like the lessons earlier in the week, hymnody played a huge role in each of their lessons.

I simply love the fact that in any given week, with you my wonderful students, I have the opportunity to explore hymns from a myriad of denominations, to learn new hymns (I think Walter got the award for adding the most hymns to my hymn knowledge base this week — who knew the Episcopalians of 1920 had so many different hymns), to see favorite tunes with different texts, to hear creative settings of these amazing pieces, and to simply hear some of my favorite pieces of music.

It’s a really great life being your teacher! I am so blessed!

Interested in organ lessons for yourself, your child, or your grandchild?  Dr. Jeannine Jordan loves to teach and has studios in Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Forest Grove, Oregon.  You may reach her at jeannine@promotionmusic.org.  Fulfill a dream…start organ lessons today.

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