Question asked by a precocious six-year-old of her mother: “What does the path to organ lessons look like?”
Answer: “Let’s ask Jeannine and find out.”
The rest is history as they say. That six-year-old is now eight going on nine and is becoming an organist. She has been my student for the past two years and is developing her skills as an organist through practice and by watching and listening. This little girl quickly became interested in not only playing the organ but assisting me in worship. In fact, the first service where she robed and assumed the Assistant to the Organist role was the Easter Vigil service of 2017. Now that, folks, is not only a complicated and busy service for an organist but is also rather long. It could have been daunting, but it was a great experience for both of us.
She has continued to assist me and has also started playing in the service as well. And what a joy it is! As the months progress, you’ll continue to hear her music as part of the prelude, communion music, or as the postlude.
A second child of 13-years of age told her mother it was a shame that their church had gotten rid of their organ. She asked her mother if she could learn to play the organ, so their church could once again sing the great hymns with the organ. That child has also become one of my students. She lives across the backfield from our church so is part of our church neighborhood. Thanks to the generosity of our church, St. Bede of Forest Grove, Oregon, she is able to practice at our church while she works to become an organist for her church, the Romanian Baptist Church of Beaverton, Oregon.
In the coming months, you’ll be able to meet this teenager and other members of her family as she will be a second Assistant to the Organist. She will assist for the first time on October 14th and play the postlude that Sunday as well.
How exciting it is to help a child realize a dream. How exciting it is to not only have the opportunity to enrich my life by teaching these extremely talented girls, but also to have the opportunity to mentor new organists for our church from within our community and neighborhood.
SOLI DEO GLORIA
Interested in organ lessons for yourself, your child, or your grandchild? Dr. Jeannine Jordan loves to teach and has studios in Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Forest Grove, Oregon. You may reach her at email@example.com. Fulfill a dream…start organ lessons today.