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.
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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

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How will you structure your practice time?

Will you improve your church playing making excellence in your music a priority?

Do you play hymns correctly, accurately, and at the correct tempo? Mark in fingering and pedaling, use the metronome to keep a steady tempo.

Do you enhance hymns to encourage congregational singing? Resources abound for introductions, harmonizations, and codas. The resource I use weekly is Hal Hopson’s The Creative Use of the Organ in Worship. Every church organist should own this volume.

Are you choosing voluntaries appropriate to the season and/or service topic? Volumes of hymn tune arrangements published by Darcey Press provide organists of all denominations a plethora of superb hymn based music.

Are you communicating well with you music director, pastor, choir director or music partner? Developing this skill is of paramount importance to the success of all church musicians.

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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

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Forward-looking or Forward-thinking in 2020?

Webster’s Dictionary defines Forward-Looking as “concerned with or planning for the future.” A forward-looking individual is someone who is particularly focused on the future and making plans for it–someone who looks ahead. Is there a better definition of musician than that?

The actual definition of musician, “one who is skilled in music,” leaves out so much of who and what we are! By necessity and practicality we are forward-looking individuals. We have to be focused on the future and making detailed plans for it. Most of us lack the qualities and skills of a Bach or Mozart and are unable to compose, perform, or teach without weeks, months, or sometimes even years of planning and preparation. That is who we are. This week, the first full week of the New Year, is littered with forward-looking meetings, encounters, emails, and practice.

As a teacher, the fall series of lessons culminating with a wonderful December recital by my students is over, and the forward-looking work of preparing schedules, and making lesson plans for the next six months of sharing the joy of music with my students is here.

As a performer, the successful presentation of our Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Around the World in 80 Minutes organ and multiimedia events last fall are a wonderful memory, but now the Forward-Looking intensive practice and preparation for various concerts this spring demand my immediate attention.

As Musicians we have many detailed demands of planning and scheduling for the future. If we are successful we are doing our Forward-Looking well.

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, and her husband, 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.  Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for more intriguing and engaging articles – click here  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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Around the World in 80 Minutes coming to a city near you

In February 2020 David and I will be traveling to the Mid-West and California to present our audience-engaging organ and multi-media concert experience, Around the World in 80 Minutes.

Join us in Des Peres, Missouri at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Sunday, February 9th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. when we present our concert as part of the St. Paul’s Music Series. This will be our fourth concert on this august series. On the 10th, we’ll present a short version of the show for the young people of the St. Paul’s Lutheran School. An Orgelkids Workshop is also planned as part of this exciting weekend at St. Paul’s.

On Sunday, February 16th, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. you’ll find us at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas presenting our concert as part of the 2020 programming of the Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

The next weekend we will return for a second concert visit to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Orange, California. Join us on Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for another lively concert experience.

See you soon!

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, and her husband, 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.  Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for more intriguing and engaging articles – click here  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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