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

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

UPcoming Pro-motion music events

feature newsletter article      of the month

Guest Artist Interview
with Brian Mathias

 

Jeannine:  Before we get started with more detailed questions, would you please introduce yourself to our readers.  What is your background? 

 

Dr. Mathias:  Like many organists, I started on the piano when I was around eight years old. When I was twelve (during a period when I was trying to quit!), my piano teacher introduced me to the organ so I could play in church. It didn’t take long before I was hooked. My primary focus shifted to organ and it quickly became a big part of my life. After high school, I earned degrees at Brigham Young University and the University of Kansas. Since 2014, I’ve been an adjunct faculty member at BYU, where I teach organ and carillon, as well as supporting coursework including organ literature, hymn playing, and improvisation.

 

 

Jeannine:  What drew you to music and the organ?

 

Dr. Mathias:  It was really the organ that drew me to music. I suppose I had some degree of interest early on, but it was learning to play the organ that inspired me to the point that I wanted to pursue a career in music. I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and my teacher would frequently take me to places around the city where he was performing. Having the opportunity to get my hands on some of the wonderful instruments around the Twin Cities was extremely motivating to me. The opportunity to meet a new instrument was thrilling then and remains so today.

    

Jeannine:  I understand there are exciting times in your life!  In January 2018 you were appointed a Tabernacle Organist by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  Please tell us how you came to this thrilling moment in your career.

 

Dr. Mathias:  Growing up as a member of the LDS church, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was a staple in our home. When I began to develop a serious interest in the organ, the Tabernacle Organists were the best organists that I had regular exposure to, and I devoured any recording I could find of the famous Aeolian-Skinner organ in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Of course, through the course of my education, I discovered many other traditions, organs, and organists that broadened my perspective, and I did everything I could to prepare for an academic career. However, playing for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir always remained in the back of my mind as my “dream” job.

 

Last May, an open position was posted. As you might imagine for a demanding position like this, the selection process lasted several months and included standard things like an application and submitting recordings. Finalists were then invited to spend two days in Salt Lake City with the Tabernacle Choir staff. The audition included quite a variety of tasks, including various types of keyboard skills (improvisation, transposition, sight reading, etc.), writing, arranging, and interviews. This culminated in accompanying the choir in rehearsal for around 45 minutes.

It was an intense, but thrilling experience, and after having the opportunity to actually play with the choir, I came away wanting the job more than ever!

My primary responsibilities as a member of the organ staff will include accompanying the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square on their weekly TV and radio broadcast of “Music and the Spoken Word” (the longest continuously-running broadcast in the world!) and performing on the daily noon recital series in the Tabernacle. We also provide music for church-wide meetings called General Conference that happen each April and October, as well as a number of concerts throughout the year.

 

Jeannine:  You have taught in the School of Music at Brigham Young University since 2014 and have served on the faculty of the annual BYU Organ Workshop. Would you please describe for our readers the organ program at the University and how these University courses and specifically the Summer Organ Workshops are meeting the needs of church musicians.

 

Dr. Matthias:  BYU is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As you are probably aware, our church has an entirely lay ministry, so the organists of our congregations throughout the world are all volunteers. For this reason, the BYU organ department has a unique focus. In addition to the lessons and curriculum we offer for organ majors, we have a variety of offerings for those who want to learn basic hymn playing skills in preparation for volunteer service in the church.

For university students, we offer two semesters of beginning organ instruction in a small group format. These classes are held in our organ lab that houses twelve electronic organs. In any given semester, we have around 100 students enrolled in these courses.  Of course, we also offer more traditional private lessons for organ majors and non-majors, which typically amounts to another 30-35 student each semester. That’s a lot of organ teaching each week!

As exciting as everything happening on campus is, our focus is much broader than just the university community. We have a variety of offerings intended for early-level organists everywhere. These include online independent study courses, the annual week-long BYU Organ Workshop, 10-12 weekend “outreach” workshops offered in various locations around the United States each year, and a variety of online resources that can be accessed free of charge. Credit for these many projects goes largely to my colleague Don Cook (current AGO Councilor for Education), who has been working to get organ training into the hands of organists everywhere for many years. Those curious about our program can find more information at organ.byu.edu.

 

When it comes to organ, BYU is an exciting place to be, and I will certainly miss being a part of all the wonderful things going on there.

 

Jeannine:  Congratulations Brian on your new position and thank you for sharing your story with us.

 

 

 

Past performances

 

Bach and Sons

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

Friday, May 11, 2018

at 8:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church

121 S Harrison St,

Saginaw, MI  48602

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Around the World in 80 Minutes

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

 

Friday, May 18, 2018
at 7:00 p.m.

University Christian Church

2720 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, TX
Sponsored by the
Fort Worth Chapter of the
American Guild of Organists

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Jordan Organ Studio Recital

 

Saturday, June 23, 2018
at 1:00 p.m.

 

Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church

Pacific City, Oregon
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From Sea to Shining Sea

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

Sunday, September 9, 2018
at 7:00 p.m.

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

Sunday, January 20, 2019

at 3:00 p.m.

Oregon Center for the Arts

Southern Oregon University

Ashland OR

Sponsored by

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
at the
Organist Workshop
August 2019
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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 Lutheran Church
1444 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97302
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