Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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Will you start a concert series?

Excerpted from the Guest Artist Interview of the October 2018 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.

Jeannine: For those who may want to start a concert series at their church, what advice would you give?

Mr. Largent: If you have an instrument that has a beautiful sound and you feel it should be shared….do it!  Be sure you have enough energy…it takes a lot of energy to host a concert.  You will need to be the main host for your artists.  Don’t assume that at the door donations or free will offerings will cover the costs of the program. You have to believe in the art form enough to ask people to support it financially.  In general, if it is free, people will feel it is not of value.  Make sure the leadership of your church is behind a series and will attend the concerts.  We’ve kept ours on Friday evenings because Friday and Saturday is when art events happen.  Saturday night doesn’t work for a church because you have to get everything ready for Sunday worship…..and who will clean the bathrooms and Sanctuary after a concert?  If you are going to do a reception after the concert make sure you have a committee of people to love to entertain in charge…..that is a special gift.  The rewards in hosting concerts are greater than the negatives.  You will demonstrate that your church values the community outside of the building.  People will come into the church for a concert that might not come to worship. It is a door opening opportunity for your congregation to become welcoming neighbors.

Jeannine:  Thank you for sharing your insights into creating and running a incredibly successful concert series.  May you be blessed in your retirement with new challenges and ever more glorious music.
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist are the creators and performers of the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Contact the Jordans at david@promotionmusic.org to schedule a performance in your community.

Bach and Sons – the 237th Concert

Excerpted from the Guest Artist Interview of the October 2018 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.

Jeannine:  Recently, David and I presented our Bach and Sons organ and multimedia concert experience as the 237th concert on this amazing series as the final concert of the series under your direction.  What an incredible series and accomplishment for both you and the church!  Would you share a few (I’m sure there are dozens if not hundreds) stories/anecdotes of the series.

Mr. Largent: Of course, the unseen work is the behind the scenes fundraising and sponsors for the artists.  From the beginning it was stipulated the Concert Series runs outside of the church budget. It must be self-sustaining. Even with that decree we have kept the suggested donation at $10 and that students can attend free.  Thus far it has worked, and we break even.

It has always been fun to bring friends in our field to play recitals and share them with the community.  We’ve had our share of people getting a “bug” on the flight and hope things “calm”- so they can play.  Finding out everyone’s intermission “regime” is fun – do they need a Snickers bar or sparkling water?  Do they eat before or after?  How much attention do they need during their time here?  What performance anxiety do they manifest? One professor had the worst case of pre-jitters I’ve ever seen…. He said, “I don’t know why I said I’d play this program…I really can’t play anymore!”  Having known many of his students and what he always told them before their recitals I turned the tables on him. I said, “You know you’re the only person here tonight that know this program!  There’s not a single person in the audience that can come up to play the pieces you’ve prepared for tonight!  Now get out there and make music!”  He calmed down and said, “That’s what I get for telling that to my students!  You’re right…. Here I Go!”  He played beautifully, and the audience loved him.

One of the gifts that I didn’t expect was to hear all the sounds the artists have found in this organ.  I have learned such interesting registrations from the guest artists.  The color pallet of Casavant Opus 3660 is greater than I ever anticipated.

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist are the creators and performers of the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Contact the Jordans at david@promotionmusic.org to schedule a performance in your community.

A Concert Series to Celebrate God’s Gift of the Arts

Excerpted from the Guest Artist Interview of the October 2018 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.

Jeannine: At the time of the dedication of this glorious instrument, a concert series was begun to celebrate God’s Gift of the Arts.  Who were the first performers?  What were your plans for the series at that time?

Mr. Largent: Saginaw has always had a vibrant “arts” scene and we felt a self- sustaining concert series was possible.  The dedication year consisted of four recitals: Dr. Marilyn Mason (University Organist, The University of Michigan), Anna M. Leppert-Largent (Assistant Director of Music Ministries), Dr. Robert Rayfield  (Professor of Organ Indiana University – Anna’s professor), Gregory H. Largent (Director of Music Ministries).  We formed a steering committee to oversee the running of the series.  Anna and I would suggest a field of artists for the committee and they would select the final artists.  We wanted to present artists that had a balance of International, National, and Region artists.  Initially it was organists, but when we added the 9-foot Steinway Grand Piano we were able to open more possibilities of artists, styles, and repertoire.
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist are the creators and performers of the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Contact the Jordans at david@promotionmusic.org to schedule a performance in your community.

A Casavant Organ at First Presbyterian Church in Saginaw, Michigan

Excerpted from the Guest Artist Interview of the October 2018 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.

Jeannine: I understand you recently retired after 32 years as Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Saginaw, Michigan.  Early in your tenure, a Casavant Freres pipe organ was designed, built, and installed in the church.  Would you share some of the joys/challenges of this project?

Mr. Largent: First Presbyterian Saginaw is the first church in Saginaw, established in 1838.  When Anna and I came to Saginaw they were beginning the process of an Historic Renovation of the 1885 Sanctuary.  The project had the possibility or a new organ.

A committee had been formed and Dr. Marilyn Mason, Chair of the Organ Department of the University of Michigan, would be the consultant. (A special treat for me because she was Marianne Webb’s Masters degree organ professor).  A renovation by itself is stressful…. But when you pair it with a new organ project… OH MY GOSH!!  Pastor Robert L. Emrich had only been there a year- here came the two new musicians and they were expecting their first child…. Let the mayhem begin!

Lots and lots of meetings.  And excellent new organ committee made up of a broad cross section of the congregation and four of us were organists.  Dr. Mason took us around the region to see the recent work of many fine builders.  The decision was made to go with Casavant Freres Ltd.  Michael Perrault was our representative from Casavant.  The decision was made for a three-manual instrument of 70 ranks along French Romantic lines because it would provide a rich and warmer sound for worship.  It would also have sounds well suited to the full organ repertoire. It was a joy to work with Casavant and we had two trips to the company in St. Hyacinthe Canada to see things in process and for approval.  The disruption and stress of being out the sanctuary and rehearsal space during the whole renovation cannot be fully expressed in words!  At least printable words!!  The Sanctuary renovation was beautifully done. We returned to worship and rehearsal spaces in the fall and the Organ arrived the week after Easter and a month of chaos with the installation and final voicing of the instrument concluded the project.  The final voicing was done by Yves Champagne of Casavant with the excellent ears of Marilyn Mason, Michael Perrault assisting in balances and blends.  A glorious instrument to serve as a voice in worship was created and the case has the dedication “Soli Deo Gloria” below the pedal towers.

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist are the creators and performers of the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Contact the Jordans at david@promotionmusic.org to schedule a performance in your community.

 

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