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Chautauqua flourishing and moving forward

In its heyday in the 19th century, Chautauqua was one of the most important cultural institutions of its time, with an incalculable effect on the dissemination of education and culture in the United States, particularly for women, who had little access to higher education. Today, after exhausting its original mission, Chautauqua, almost incredibly, has carried on, averting financial crises, and prospering.
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On a recent Saturday, there was a Catholic Mass in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd and Jewish Services in the Hurlbut Church, followed by bridge instruction in the Women’s Clubhouse and an Alumni Association ”Great American Picnic.” Bard O’Neill, director of Middle East Studies at the National War College, was lecturing on Islamic fundamentalism to a group in the Hall of Philosophy, built to resemble the Parthenon.

Every 15 minutes or so, the bells in the campanile of the Miller Bell Tower chimed, sometimes pealing out hymns. Down by the lake, children played not far from Palestine Park, a contour model of the Holy Land, with a pond representing the Dead Sea, and a trickle of water the River Jordan. At McKnight Hall there was a School of Music voice master class, while at the Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts there was a demonstration, ”Making an Adirondack Twig Basket.” Later, there was another Mass in the Hall of Philosophy, and a choir rehearsal for Sunday services.


Religion is fundamental to Chautauqua, although many residents do not attend church. Most Chautauquans are Christian, and about 20 percent are Jewish.

”There is an inarticulated awareness of the sacred and the holy in the whole community because of the natural surroundings and because of the created human beauty,” said Ross Mackenzie, director of the department of religion. ”Civil discourse, friendship, dance, music, all of these are expressions of human created beauty. They all give us an awareness of the holy.’

Excerpted from “The Magic of Chautauqua” by Steve Odland

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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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The Four Pillars of Chautauqua – Religion

Religion:The Institution was founded as a gathering for Sunday School teachers and representation from the various faiths have been a part of the Chautauqua scene from the beginning. There are interfaith lectures, sacred song services, Abrahamic programs for young adults, clergy programs, etc. Each week features a different chaplain. There are religious houses scattered throughout the grounds including most Protestant denominations, Catholic, and Jewish faiths that provide programs and lodging.

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Excerpted from “The Magic of Chautauqua” by Steve Odland

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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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The Four Pillars of Chautauqua – Knowledge

Knowledge: Each week brings new and different Special Studies classes in everything from arts & crafts, to language skills, to investing, to art, sailing, fitness, etc. A complete catalog is published and is available online each season. Smith Memorial Library is open year round on the grounds. The Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle was founded in 1878 and is the oldest continuous book club in the country. There is a writer’s center and a writer’s festival each season complete with lectures, book discussions, signings, etc. There is even a Young Readers club for kids of all ages.

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Excerpted from “The Magic of Chautauqua” by Steve Odland


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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The Four Pillars of Chautauqua – Music

Chautauqua has its own symphony, opera, ballet, theater company, summer music festival, student symphony, chamber music, piano and voice departments, and family entertainment series. There are concerts or performances of some variety throughout the day, every day for nine weeks. The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, whose members hail from orchestras around the country, performs three nights per week; and the student symphony orchestra performs one night per week. Each Friday night features a well-known performing group including country, rock, and jazz stars.
Excerpted from “The Magic of Chautauqua” by Steve Odland
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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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