Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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Jeannine and her organ students

Picture 16 squares in a multi-colored quilt. A quilt in which each square tells a different and unique story with a history that is like no one else’s. That quilt is Jeannine’s organ studio and the squares (sorry just turned out that way) in the quilt are her organ students. They are part of a small affirming community that uniquely encourages and supports each other. Granted I like to see how they are making progress, but what I am really engrossed with is how they are so very supportive of each other. It’s amazing. Having gotten two degrees in music, I’m not used to musicians being very nice to each other. Huh.

Those students range in ages from 8 to infinity and enjoy playing and listening to each other. Most of the time the students hit home runs. Sometimes they don’t. But if they don’t there’s no fear that someone is going to “shake their heads” (Psalm 109:25) It’s a community of which more people should be a part. It’s a great way to build up your courage, experience, and oh yes, your organ skills.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music 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.  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert


Why use multimedia in our organ concerts?

Author:  David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music — creators and presenters of dramatic organ and multi-media concert experiences.  Excerpted from the November 2018 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.

But Why? Any Advantages?

  • Multimedia provides a complex multi-sensory experience in exploring our world through the presentation of information through text, graphics, images, audio, and video, and there is evidence to suggest that a mixture of words and pictures increases the likelihood that people can integrate a large amount of information (Mayer, 2001).

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  • Advantages of multimedia design compared to using a single medium might result from the ability to choose among media to present well-structured information (Larkin & Simon, 1987), using more than one representation to improve memory(Penney, 1989), encouraging active processing (Ainsworth, 1999), and presenting more information at once (Sweller, 1999).
  • Barbe and Milone (1981) also wrote that adults are more likely to have mixed modality strengths than children. That’s great for us. We can not only enjoy what we’re experiencing but learning without having to work at it.
  • According to Dunn and Dunn (1978), only 20-30% of school-age children appear to be auditory learners, 40% are visual learners, and 30-40% are tactile/kinesthetic or visual/tactile learners. Barbe and Milone (1981) stated that for grade school children the most frequent modality strengths are visual (30%) or mixed (30%), followed by auditory (25%), and then by kinesthetic (15%). Barbe and Milone (1981) stated that primary grade children learn better via auditory (verbal) means and are least well developed kinesthetically, however between kindergarten and sixth grade a modality shift occurs and vision becomes the dominant modality and kinesthesia overtakes audition (Barbe & Milone, 1981).
    Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music 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.  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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.

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.

The “new” Kotzschmar organ by Foley-Baker

Excerpted from the September 2018 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter guest Artist Interview with Ray Cornils.

Jeannine: As Municipal Organist you not only played the Kotzschmar Organ, but were instrumental in fundraising and implementing the renovation by Foley-Baker of the organ. What is the organ’s history and its future?

Mr. Cornils: The very hardworking and effective FOKOboard have brought the organ back to full health after the instrument was at the brink of death in the late 1970’s. It has been a decades-long venture. When the board and I were looking at the approaching 100Th anniversary of the organ (in 2012), we held a private symposium (in 2007) which invited several highly-regarded consultants to meet with the board and members of the city to assess the condition of the organ. The auditorium had a couple of revisions and expansions over the past century. In the 1960’s the organ was moved back. During that move, the Austin universal windchest was torqued. Other events over the years made for a situation that the universal windchest was experiencing many wind leaks throughout it. The only way to remedy this situation was to provide a completely new windchest. Since removing the windchests required the removal of the entire instrument, we decided that the best way to proceed as a total renovation of the entire instrument. While this was a $2.5 million project, we believed in the long term, this was the best fiduciary use of our role of caretaker of this great instrument. Due to the strong ties of trust that FOKO and I built with the city over the years, the city council voted unanimously to fund half of the renovation costs through a bond process. I must also mention that the success of capital campaign for this project is due in great part to the extraordinary efforts of the FOKO fundraising committee chaired by Laurence Rubinstein and Peter Plumb.

When, after the wonderful renovation by Foley-Baker, everyone has been blown over by the instrument’s vibrancy and brilliance. Even the most casual listeners in our audience have been amazed at the renewed sounds.

The organ is now ready to serve the next century with renewed vigor. The future is very bright for the instrument, especially under the guidance of James Kennerley, my successor and Portland’s 11th Municipal Organist, who started his work January 1, 2018.

 Jeannine: Thank you, Ray for sharing not only your story, but the fascinating story of the Kotzschmar organ as well.


Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and her husband, David Jordan, media artist are the creators and performers of From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes — audience-engaging organ and multimedia concert experiences.

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