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

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