Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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Jeannine and her class piano students

Listen and you can hear the leaves crunch under your feet. It’s a beautiful fall day. You’re on the campus of the University of Portland. The soothing but infrequent sun is wrapping you in a warm blanket that only fall can create. The leaves are wonderful red, orange and gold. Just serene. Wait, is that a lady pushing a piano across the campus? Really? How’s she doing that, more importantly WHY?

Well, that lady would be Jeannine. She is pushing the piano to the cafeteria so that her class piano students can perform their required “recital” piece for the rest of the dining hall. She really can build up confidence in her students.

25 years at the University of Portland and she still gets a smile when she thinks of those somewhat diligent non-music majors taking this “do I have to” class and ending up liking it and feeling confident enough to play for their peers in the dining hall.

Can I get a WOW?

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


David Interviews Jeannine

Hi, David here. We’ve interviewed MIPs (musically important persons) from all around the world. I was thinking, hey wait, we haven’t interviewed Jeannine. And she’s been around the world. So, whether Jeannine likes it or not I’m going to interview her. Yes, this is outside-the-box like all our other Promotion Music proceedings.

First, Jeannine said I had to make sure you know that she loves Promotion Music and performing and playing for church, but she loves me first. Okay that’s a good thing. I’ll put that down.

So, let me tell you the story of Dr. Jeannine Jordan from my point of view.

Imagine you’re 11 years old, it’s Sunday morning and you’re sitting down on the organ bench to play your first full service. There are 100 people waiting for worship to begin, none of them, okay maybe her Mom and Dad, are concerned about whether she is going to play well. That part is assumed.

The nod is given, and she starts the hymn introduction… It must have gone well because to this day her favorite part of playing for worship is leading the hymns. The mighty glorious, enduring, life-changing, profound hymns.

Thus, started Jeannine’s career as an organist. A career that would take her to 16 different countries from Austria and Australia to Zimbabwe to perform. Meeting people with amazing unbelievable stories and having experiences that most people only imagine.

MOM. Oops, Let’s go back to her Mom for a second. Where would we be without our Moms? She started Jeannine on the piano at age 4 and by the time she (Jeannine) was 6, Mom had pushed her out of the nest into the hands of Mrs. Ellington and other wonderful teachers. Even though pushed out of the nest, Mom was always there to encourage. Thanks Mom.


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

The Music of March

What Music Will You Play This Month?

 Favorite Repertoire? 

As I write this blog post, David and I are on a flight home from St. Louis where we had a grand time presenting  our From Sea to Shining Sea concert experience at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Des Peres, where I played some of my favorite organ repertoire on a marvelous Martin Ott pipe organ.  The organ had several new additions – some of which were heard for the first time in our concert — a third manual playing a stunning 12 stop Rueckpositiv with one of the most gorgeous Cornets I’ve heard, a full-length sanctuary rumbling 32’ Bourdon, a powerful 32’ pipe/digital Bombarde, an amazingly bright and joyous Zymblestern, and a thrilling Trumpet en Chamade.  I had a grand time deciding how to use every stop on the organ somewhere in the concert.   (Martin Ott is the builder of the two organs at Mt. Angel so you have some idea of how much I enjoyed the weekend!)

What is your favorite piece?  How can you work it into a service, a concert, or your weekly practice?


As we fly over the incredibly varied landscape between St. Louis and Portland – the plains, the Grand Canyon, the Sierras and up the coast, I’m reminded that March is filled with incredibly varied hymnody.  Hymnody that ranges from contemplative Lenten hymns to joyous Palm Sunday processional hymns, somber Holy Week hymns, to the glorious hymns of Easter culminating for most of us with Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.  For you church musicians, hymn practice should be at the top of your practice list this month.  Since the tunes of this month don’t often appear with other texts, the reality is we don’t play them often.

Be safe and start working on these hymns today!

New Repertoire? 

David and I are planning the World Premiere performance of our newest organ and multi-media concert experience so guess what I’ve been doing?  Looking for new repertoire to fit our theme, “Around the World in 80 Minutes.”  I’ve been talking to composers and organists from Nigeria to Australia and many many countries in between to collect organ pieces by national composers using indigenous folk tunes and hymnody.  WOW!  Has this been fun!  New music has been arriving weekly at the Jordan home.  So set a goal and discover some new repertoire to play.

March is the month for new repertoire.

It looks like a busy month ahead!  Here’s to the Music of March!

Dr. Jeannine Jordan is teacher, church musician, and concert organist.  She and her husband, David who is a media artist, are the creators and performers of three organ and multi-meida concert experiences, Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Contact Dr. Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org to learn more about these audience-engaging concerts.

The Purpose of Art is to Produce Thinking

To quote Erik Wahl, American graffiti artist, speed-painter, author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur, “The purpose of art is not to produce a product. The purpose of art is to produce thinking. The secret is not the mechanics or technical skill that create art – but the process of introspection and different levels of contemplation that generate it. Once you learn to embrace this process, your creative potential is limitless.

Artwork should be an active verb (a lens by which to view the world) not a passive noun (a painting that sits dormant in a museum). Creativity lies NOT in the done but in the doing. Art is active and incomplete. Always shifting, always becoming. Art is a sneak peak into the future of potential, of what could be. Not a past result of what has been already done. Art is a process not a product.

Art is a human act. Art is Risky. Generous. Courageous. Provocative. You can be perfect, or you can make art. You can keep track of what you will get in return for your effort, or you can make art. You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art.”

How profound!

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and David Jordan, media artist, are the creators and performers of two organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea.  They love making art!  Check the Upcoming Pro-Motion Music Performances page of this blog to experience one of their instantly audience-engaging events.

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