Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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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.






INSPIRATION: the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative

I draw my inspiration to lead worship from

  • The scriptures read by carefully prepared lectorsBible
  • The insightful homily
  • The prayers of the people
  • The serenity of the meticulously followed liturgy
  • The beauty and orderliness of our sanctuary thanks to our Altar Guild
  • And from You – the congregation — by your
    • quiet reverence during the prelude
    • energetic singing of the hymns
    • enthusiasm for an interesting postlude
    • joyous expression of thanks when a particular hymn or piece of music has inspired you

CrossINSPIRE: To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion

It is my hope that the music chosen, sung, and played for our worship inspires you. Not only in the service but in the week that follows. What inspires your worship? What fills you with an enlivening or exalting emotion?

  • The text of a hymn?St. Bede organ.jpg
  • The melody of a hymn?
  • The singing of a psalm?
  • The offering of music by our choir?
  • The prelude or postlude?


Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Minister of Music and Organist of St. Bede Episcopal Church in Forest Grove, Oregon is also a concert organist performing the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea.


The organ is incalculably many worlds! The organ is a lifetime of discovery!

Jeannine and David JordanJoin us as we travel the USA and Germany in the upcoming months to present the many worlds of the organ.

On Saturday, August 2nd, my students and I will travel to Rose City Park United Methodist Church to discover the church’s new pipe/digital organ at our annual Jordan Studio Play-In and Organ Crawl.Silbermann organ

In early September, my husband David and I venture to the organ world of Johann Sebastian Bach and present Bach and Sons, our organ and multi-media concert experience in the Bach Wedding Church in Dornheim, Germany on September 6th.  The following day, I perform a solo organ concert on an historic Silbermann organ from 1721, playing the grand music of Bach and his sons at the St. Georgenkirche in Glauchau, Germany.

October finds us in Nevada to celebrate with another church community and rejoice with them as I perform a dedication concert on their new organ.  The discoveries this congregation will make as their organists lead them in worship will be many and exciting.

s2ss logoOn November 9th  the American organ world comes alive as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner with a performance of From Sea to Shining Sea, our organ and multi-media concert event.  Not only will the audience at Rose City Park United Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon hear Dudley Buck’s Concert Variations on The Star Spangled Banner, they will also discover the history of the organ coming to America!

We bring a performance of Bach and Son  to Klein, Texas on November 16th where the audience at Trinity Lutheran Church will discover the story of Bach.bss logo reflected for slide show

The organ is incalculably many worlds!  The organ is a lifetime of discovery!  Contact Jeannine Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org to bring one of her organ and multi-media concert events to your community.  Help your community discover the world of the organ!

Join Us for Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea

Join us in Ohio this month as we intrigue and thrill audiences with performances of each of our organ and multimedia events.  You’ll experience not only the sound but the look of the music as well.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Wooster United Methodist Church
Music on Market Concert Series
Wooster, Ohio

From Sea to Shining Sea

From Sea to Shining Sea


Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church
Organ Concert Series
Cincinnati, Ohio

From Sea to Shining Sea

Creating “WOW!” Musical Moments

Summer has arrived

Our daisies fill our front yard with perfect white blooms, my favorite Kansas sunflowers fill a vase in our living room, and our glorious petunias welcome students and friends to our front door.  The ocean is a gorgeous blue this time of year reflecting an equally blue sky.  Summer at the Oregon beach has arrived and all I can say is, “WOW!”

As we enjoy those “WOWs” of summer in Oregon, the summer is also a time to create or re-live some “WOW” moments in our music-making:

  • David and I had the thrill of performing our Bach and Sons show at the Regional American Guild of Organists convention in late June.
  • Last week I received from Adrienne Tindall of Darcey Press several volumes of new organ music and another composer sent an organ suite to me to preview.  Another summer “WOW” for me as I began playing through some interesting and creative new music.
  • David and I will share some reflections of past “WOW!” music-making moments in our July/August Pro-Motion Music newsletter.

So what will be your musical “WOW!” moments this summer?  Will you…

  • discover a new piece to learn?
  • perform a favorite piece at worship or for friends in your home?
  • complete a goal?
  • plan your fall recital music?
  • listen to recordings of your past performances on the student web page?
  • attend a concert or workshop?
  • play a fabulous organ?

Happy practicing and happy music-making and music-sharing as you create your “WOWs!” this summer.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist


Experience Bach and Sons in Indiana

In our first visit to Indiana with our organ and media experience, Bach and Sons, we will have the pleasure of sharing the story of Johann Sebastian Bach and his family with three different audiences: in Warsaw as part of the Rodeheaver Concert Series;  with the faculty, students and friends of Manchester University in North Manchester;  and with the community of Fort Wayne as sponsored by the Fort Wayne Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  It has been a thrill to work with the hosts of the events to plan and work out the details for this tour.

So, Hoosiers, this is your opportunity to learn more about the amazing story of one of the most famous composers for the organ, Johann Sebastian Bach.  Yes, you will hear several of Bach’s most famous pieces including the exciting Toccata in d minor, the lively Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and the sublime Air as well as a thrilling piece for solo pedal, and the amazing St. Anne Fugue. 

And that is not all!  You will see my hands and feet as they fly over the keyboards via live camera feeds which will be projected to a cinematic-sized screen.  For most people it is actually the first time they’ve seen an organist “at work.”

All this and a great story as told by the women in the Bach family and amazing visuals placing you in the homes, churches, and cities of the Bach family.

Please join us for this cutting-edge 21st-century experience
where music, story, and technology interact to create on of the greatest musical stories ever told!

Bach and Sons.  B&S Logo Small

Sunday, February 17, 2013 – 2:00 p.m.

A Rodeheaver Series Concert

First United Methodist Church
179 S. Indiana Street
Warsaw, IN


Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – 3:30 p.m. Convocation Series

Manchester University

Cordier Auditorium
604 East College Avenue
North Manchester, IN


Sunday, February 24, 2013 – 2:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Fort Wayne Chapter of the
American Guild of Organists

St. John Lutheran Church
729 West Washington Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN

All concerts performed by David Jordan, media artist and Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist

A Patron of the Arts

In our Bach and Sons organ and media event, I narrate part of the show as Sara Levy, an inveterate patron of the arts.  Sara Levy is known to us today as a woman who knew the Bach family and collected as much of the music by Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons as possible, preserving it for future generations.  It was her Christmas gift of Johann Sebastian Bach’s score of the St. Matthew Passion to her great-nephew, Felix Mendelssohn, that in effect started the 19th century Bach revival. 

Sara Levy, patron of the arts:

  • recognized the magnitude of the music of the old master Johann Sebastian Bach;
  • had a passion for collecting the scores of Bach, sparing them from being used as wrapping paper or simply being lost;
  • gifted the score of one of the most monumental works by JS Bach to her famously talented great-nephew which led to the first performance of the work since Bach’s death
  • made sure that the incredible music of Johann Sebastian Bach lived on not only in her lifetime and ours but into the future.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and creator of Bach and Sons

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