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?

St John's Lutheran Church

Orange CA


University Christian Church

Fort Worth Texas


First Presbyterian Church

Saginaw Michigan


Nelson Hall

Cheshire, CT


Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Loveland, OH


Fairlawn Lutheran Church

Fairlawn, OH


St Paul's Lutheran Church

Des Peres MO


Who's on Third

Woodburn, OR


Friendsview

Newberg, OR


First United Methodist Church
Albany, OR 


First Presbyterian Church
New Bern, NC


WORLD PREMIERE
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES
Wooster United Methodist Church
Wooster, OH


Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church

Pacific City, OR


Mary McDonald Concert Series
First Presbyterian Church
Fort Smith, AR


Zion Lutheran Church
Wausau, WI 


St. Paul Lutheran Church
St. Louis, MO

First Presbyterian Church
Kennewick, WA

First Christian Church
Peoria, IL

Music on Market
Wooster United Methodist Church
Wooster, OH 

The First Baptist Church in America
 Providence, RI


Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah

Trinity Lutheran
Lutheran Church
Klein Texas


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"Our organ never sounded like that before." Have you seen an artist’s palette? All those dabs of colors? An organ is like that palette except its variety comes from mixing a plethora of sounds instead of colors. Another joy, she calls it a joy, I know it’s a phenomenal skill she has developed, is going to a new instrument and finding those different colors of sound and creating a painting that might use the myriad of sounds in a way that hadn’t been heard before. This is especially true in Around the World in 80 Minutes. With all the unique organ music from 16 different countries, Jeannine uses an organ's full palette of sound to recreate the artwork of the music from each country. It’s truly exciting to watch her create images and paint with those tonal colors.

Take a big breath:...GO

High School in 3 years, on to college, people are moving too slowly. 3 years, enough of that, on to the MM degree and, okay, it took more than 3 years but let’s just say she finished her DMA in organ performance and music history in a timely fashion. Thank you very much! If you think there are times I look like I am short of breath, there’s good reason!

Past performances

 An Interview with Jeannine

Prince of Peace
Lutheran Church
Largo Florida

Rodgers Instrument Corporation
Hillsboro, OR

Sundays@3
Church of the Good Samaritan
  and
Oregon Music Teachers Association,
Linn-Benton District
Corvallis, OR      

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Music at St Paul's Concert Series
Des Peres, MO

United Methodist Church
Music on Market Concert Series
Wooster, OH

St. John's Lutheran Church
2013 Region VIII Convention
of the American Guild of Organists
Salem, OR

First United Methodist Church
A Rodeheaver Series Concert
 Warsaw, IN

Manchester University
 North Manchester, IN
A Fine Arts Series Concert
Fort Wayne, IN

St John Lutheran Church
 Fort Wayne Chapter
American Guild of Organists Event

First United Methodist Church
SW Jersey Chapter of the
American Guild of Organists Event
Mooreston, NJ

 St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Omaha, NE

WORLD PREMIER OF THE GERMAN VERSION OF 
BACH AND SONS

Stadpfarrkirche St. Peter und Paul
Inn4tler Sommer Fest Concert
Ried, Austria

St. John's Episcopal Church
An AGO Event
Tulsa, Oklahoma

First Presbyterian Church
An MTNA Concert Event
Newport, Oregon

 Christ Episcopal Church
Christ Church Concert Series
Eureka, California

First United Methodist Church
Fine Arts Series and AGO Event
Camarillo, California

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Evensong Concert Series
Salem, Oregon

Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church
Pacific City Arts Association Concert
Pacific City, Oregon

 BACH AND SONS  WORLD PREMIER
Anchorage, Alaska
First Congregational Church
November 21, 2010
A more complete list of performances can be seen on . 

Bach and Sons

From Sea to Shining Sea


Pro-Motion Music

Past performances continued

From Sea to Shining Sea

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

Sunday, November 11, 2018
at 4:00 p.m.

Tabor College

Shari Flaming Center for the Arts

HIllsboro KS

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Orgelkids Project

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

10 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

St. Bede Episcopal Church

1609 Elm St, Forest Grove, OR 97116

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Jordan Organ Studio Recital

Saturday, December 8, 2018

1:00 p.m.

Zion Lutheran Church

178 NW Evergreen Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124

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Around the World in 80 Minutes

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

Sunday, January 20, 2019
3:00 p.m.

Southern Oregon University

Recital Hall

450 S. Mountain Avenue
Ashland, Oregon

Sponsored by the

Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

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Bach and Sons

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist

with

David Jordan,

media artist

Friday, March 29, 2019

7:30 PM

Gold Canyon 

United Methodist Church

The Gold Canyon Arts Council

6640 S Kings Ranch Rd,

Gold Canyon, AZ 85118

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Around the World in 80 Minutes

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

at the

Organist Workshop
August 2019
 
Provo, Utah
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Around the World in 80 Minutes

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

Sunday, October 13, 2019

3:00 PM

Nelson Hall

at Elim Park

150 Cook Hill RoadCheshire,

CT 06410

 

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Around the World in 80 Minutes

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

Sunday January 26

and Monday  January 27th, 2020

 

St. Paul's Lutheran Church Feb 9,

and St Mark's Lutheran School Feb 10

12345 Manchester Rd,

St. Louis, MO 63131

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Around the World in 80 Minutes

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

Sunday Feb 23rd, 2020

7:00 pm

 

St John's Lutheran Church

185 S Center St.
Orange, CA 92866

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Around the World in 80 Minutes

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

Saturday, April 18, 2020

 

Pinnacle Presbyterian Church

25150 North Pima Road
Scottsdale, Arizona
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Around the World in 80 Minutes

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

Sunday, January 3, 2021

4:00 PM

Evensong Concert Series
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
1444 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97302
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12:30 AM, it’s pitch black outside. The bright lights on the stage of Beall Hall at the University of Oregon seemed extra bright at that time of the morning. You could see the dust flecks floating down from the ceiling. The organ class and Jeannine are sitting on the stage, some students are lying on their backs listening. Truly world-renown organist, Guy Bovet, articulates what needs to be different in the technique of his class of organ students. She admits she never thought 12:30 AM classes would be part of the path to getting her music degrees. But it was, and to slightly understate it, Guy was yet another person who thought way outside-the-box and made life even more intriguing.

If I may, I’d like to say that if you want to see how a dissertation can come to life and become a riveting concert, come experience From Sea to Shining Sea.

They can be quiet, somber, joyful, powerful, contemplative, encouraging, exciting and more. Since age 11 Jeannine has always played for church. One of the joys of her life, besides me, (what can I say, I’m a lucky guy) is to lead worship -- to help a congregation come closer to the presence of God through their worship. The hymns and the texts are so powerful. It is only natural to augment the richness of the music and text with a creative approach and the power of the organ. I like to think that I’m fortunate to go to church every Sunday and have the best organist anywhere leading worship.

See, she wouldn’t say something like that. That’s why I’m writing this. 

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

Pro-Motion Music © 2013

Riding her bike with her briefcase in the basket, think about it, her briefcase. Good heavens, she was 11 years old. Maybe Jeannine didn’t invent the term nerd, but she did more clearly define ​it.Some things don’t change.

BTW, I encouraged Jeannine to write her book called On the Heels of an Organist. You can read the full details of the briefcase and other stories in her book. There are stories of her experiences that she thought were dreadful that I thought were hilarious. You decide.

Picture 16 squares in a multi-colored quilt. A quilt in which each square tells a different and unique story with a history that is like no one else’s. That quilt is Jeannine’s organ studio and the squares (sorry just turned out that way) in the quilt are her organ students. They are part of a small affirming community that uniquely encourages and supports each other. Granted I like to see how they are making progress, but what I am really engrossed with is how they are so very supportive of each other. It’s amazing. Having gotten two degrees in music, I’m not used to musicians being very nice to each other. Huh.

Those students range in ages from 8 to infinity and enjoy playing and listening to each other. Most of the time the students hit home runs. Sometimes they don’t. But if they don’t there’s no fear that someone is going to “shake their heads” (Psalm 109:25) It’s a community of which more people should be a part. It’s a great way to build up your courage, experience, and oh yes, your organ skills.

This even took me by surprise. I asked Jeannine;

If you had it all to do over again would you do the same thing, become an organist?


Within a nanosecond she said “Oh absolutely, I wouldn’t change a thing. My music has taken me to great places where I met incredible people and experienced things I never would have in other occupations. I love my life and work.”

Experiencing dramatic and diverse people, encountering unbelievable obstacles, and getting through those barriers is rather like the stories that we tell in our story-driven dramatic organ and multimedia concert experiences.

Our concerts take a plethora of skills, much time, much practice, much correction, much effort to create, and much work to contact the right people to host a performance. The creations themselves are outside-the-box and even though people love them when they attend one, they have no idea what to expect because they’ve never seen a concert like ours before. Performing, narrating, acting, drawing, video-making, getting corrected and directed. It all adds up to what we are doing, and it is my joy to be a part of the creation and performance of our concerts with my incredible husband, David.

She really did say all those things. I think she must be pretty sure she’s happy with her life as an organist. And I’m glad.

To all of our newsletter readers -- thanks for being part of our community and supporting us outside-the-box. 

Thanks, David


PS: The stories of Jeannine’s Hooky Precision Ice Skating Club, her past life with goats, peacocks, and ducks, the weeks spent in primary research in church attics and museums up and down the East coast, and her piloting a 50’ long narrow boat up and down the Oxford canal will have to wait for another time.