Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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A multi-generational organ building project

The late afternoon saw our third “build” (at St. Bede Episcopal Church in Forest Grove, Oregon) with youth taking the lead and younger kids eagerly assisting – some for the second time.   With this busy group the organ was built in record time.  My student assistants then shared some of their favorite pieces playing our sanctuary organ.

Orgelkids day -whole group assembling

We did it!  We built a pipe a two octave, fully functional and playable miniature pipe organ at St. Bede three times in one day.  Awesome!

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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

 

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The Purpose of Orgelkids

The purpose of Orgelkids is to capture the interest of the next generation while they are young. 

They will always have a place in their heart for the organ. 

Our second “build” (at St. Bede Episcopal Church in Forest Grove, Oregon) was for and by children (kindergarten-6th grade).  The Parish Hall became a lively exciting place for two hours in the early afternoon as 20 kids plus their adults once again built the organ.  The kids loved answering the question, “Do we have a pipe organ yet?”  When the bellows were finally installed, and the organ got its breath, the excitement reached a peak with every little one taking a turn to play the organ and then serve as the calcant (bellows pumper).

Orgelkids day - miss jeannine and kids

Orgelkids strives to ensure a vibrant future for the pipe organ.

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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

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Let’s build an organ

ORGELKIDS REVIEW
Orgelkids makes the King of Instruments accessible.  What is accessible is then knowable and lovable.

On Tuesday, November 20th, the Parish Hall of St. Bede was filled with people of every age, discovering the amazing intricacies of a tracker pipe organ – not by looking at one or attending a lecture or reading about a tracker pipe organ – but by building an exquisite miniature playable pipe organ.

Orgelkids partsWe took these parts – over 100 of them – and built a pipe organ.

Not one time – but three times that day!

Orgelkids entices the public to engage with the King of Instruments by empowering them to build a working pipe organ.

Orgelkids day - multigenerational at the organ

 

Our first “build” was for and by adults.  22 adults from the Portland metro area, South Beach and Pacific City, Oregon and as far away as Salina, Kansas joined David and me, my student helpers St. Bede assistant Linda Jackson, to build the organ.  Everyone was captivated and enthralled with the process and the sound of this amazing pipe organ.

Let the build begin!

Orgelkids day -marlene jeannine marie

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

Hymn-based organ repertoire

Excerpted from the Jordan Organ Studio October 2018 Newsletter.

Most all of us are currently playing some sort of hymn-based repertoire either for use in a church service, for the upcoming recital, or simply for pleasure.

Question: Do you know when the hymntune your piece is based on was originally composed? Do you know the text of the hymn? Have you discovered something interesting about the composer of your piece? Hmmm…a little research makes music come alive. I simply love learning something new about repertoire — and each of you certainly helps me do that on a weekly basis!

My new lesson week began yesterday afternoon with three inspirational lessons following our worship service. All three were filled with hymn based repertoire. My eight-year-old’s lesson (following a service where she played three hymn variations for the prelude) included new hymn based repertoire in addition to her favorite trumpet tunes; my newest student – a talented 13-year-old with the goal to become a church organist, added two more hymns to her “completed hymn list” and prepared a Bach Prelude for an upcoming church service; and Walter and I played hymns from the 1920 Protestant Episcopal hymnal and Bach’s Orgelbuchlein for two lovely hours. Just like the lessons earlier in the week, hymnody played a huge role in each of their lessons.

I simply love the fact that in any given week, with you my wonderful students, I have the opportunity to explore hymns from a myriad of denominations, to learn new hymns (I think Walter got the award for adding the most hymns to my hymn knowledge base this week — who knew the Episcopalians of 1920 had so many different hymns), to see favorite tunes with different texts, to hear creative settings of these amazing pieces, and to simply hear some of my favorite pieces of music.

It’s a really great life being your teacher! I am so blessed!
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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 jeannine@promotionmusic.org.  Fulfill a dream…start organ lessons today.

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