Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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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.


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


Let’s build an organ

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

March — Sort of Like a Wednesday

The month of March, in the scheme of things as a  music student–or music teacher— is sort of like a Wednesday, isn’t it?  Sort of like a “hump month”.

The urban definition of the “hump day” or Wednesday, the middle of the week, implies that you have to get “over the hump” before you can anticipate the weekend. March marks the halfway point (the middle) of my Winter/Spring lesson schedule.

With the March lessons I encourage my students to move  up and over “the hump”.  The really hard work of setting goals, and in some cases facing disappointment, and starting the work to achieve those goals was done in January and February.  In March we will start to hone those new skills and start enjoying that repertoire! By April we will be on the downward slope to achieving the goals you set in early January for this series of lessons.  It is an exciting month!

Some of the goals set by my students this semester include:

  • preparing and presenting an entire recital
  • working through technique exercises, repertoire, and online speedback tests in the BYU Organ Course
  • planning and preparing music to enhance worship services for Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, and Easter
  • improving hymn playing skills
  • learning the features and sounds of a new organ
  • preparing repertoire for the Spring Recital on
    May 19
  • making every day a joyous practice day — a day of meeting challenges and making discoveries

Onward and forward through “hump month”!

Jeannine Jordan, organ coach and concert organist

Creating a Culture of Trust

In the book, The Integrity Advantage, Gostick and Telford identify ten integrity characteristics Integrity characteristics can be integrated into the life of the whole musician—the musician with all the different parts working well and delivering the functions that they were designed to deliver to students, colleagues, and audiences.  One integrity characteristic a teacher should develop in a studio is …

To create a culture of trust. You develop a work environment that will not test the personal integrity of your students or your colleagues.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan's organ students

I am privileged to have a studio of nearly twenty adult organ students with whom I share a culture of trust. Some of my students have played for churches for years and are studying to enhance their service playing skills while others are pursuing playing the organ as a new avocation.

Together we have created a wonderfully trusting and supportive community where ideas and performances are shared freely and easily.

Student recitals, play-ins, organ crawls, theory lessons, and group lessons are events which enhance the shared culture of trust.  Students become colleagues in pursuit of realizing their goals of becoming better organists.  Working together, sharing ideas and music, creates an environment of trust does not test the personal integrity of any student.

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