Pro-Motion Music

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

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Past performances

 

Guest Artist Interview
with Daniel Gawthrop 

 

Jeannine: Who is Daniel Gawthrop? Please introduce yourself. 

 

Mr. Gawthrop:  I started musical activities in elementary school, played trombone in the band beginning in junior high, sang in school and church choirs and fell in love with the organ
as a youngster. Supportive parents and readily available instruction in a fine public school system helped me develop my skills. I began college as an organ performance major but quickly discovered that my piano technique and background were inadequate to allow me to succeed. A few years in the Navy (mostly in northern Germany) and marriage helped mature me a bit and when I returned to college the switch to composition seemed natural.

 

From that point I have been obsessed with creating music which will touch people and lift them up. Much of that music has been written for church use, but there is also a substantial body of choral works with secular texts. Music for my favorite instrument, the organ, also comprises a good percentage of my output, and orchestral pieces appear when those rare commissions allow.

 

Jeannine:  What brought you to the world of music?

 

Mr. Gawthrop:  I honestly cannot remember a time when it was not central to my life. I’m forced to assume I was born with the need to hear and create music—it’s as necessary as food…especially chocolate!

Jeannine:  You are certainly a musical polymath with work not only as a composer, but also as an organist, conductor, teacher, adjudicator, publisher, writer, and music critic – a true musical Renaissance man!  Let’s meet first the composer, Daniel Gawthrop.  Your compositional output of choral and organ works is extensive with over 100 commissions to write original music.  How do you approach a commission?

 

Mr. Gawthrop:  The large majority of my commissions have been for choral music and my approach to a choral piece always starts with the text. I feel quite strongly that the proper role for music in a vocal composition is to support, strengthen and enhance the message of the text. Indeed, I often say that what I’m really doing is finding the music that is already there in the words. Clearly, this leaves me at somewhat of a disadvantage if the text at hand does not have something significant to say. Accordingly, I have over the years come to a policy of selecting my own texts in order to be certain I’ll be able to find worthy music for them.

 

Jeannine:  You are also a music publisher, establishing the Dunstan House in 1991.  What are the challenges, joys of publishing and promoting your own music so successfully – case in point, Mr. Gawthrop’s choral piece, Sing Me to Heaven, has half million copies in print, and has become one of the most performed and recorded choral works in modern history!

 

Mr. Gawthrop:  My wife and I started Dunstan House when I realized that the companies which had been publishing my things up to that point were forced by reality to profitably sell as many copies as possible of each title, and that this quite inevitably led to editorial decisions about what to publish and what to allow to eventually go out of print which were not necessarily in my best interests. The only way to control those decisions was to own the process, so Dunstan House was established to allow me to publish even the things which would probably never turn a profit, and to keep in print even things which didn’t sell thousands of copies each year.

 

 

Obviously, the joys of self-publication are pretty much wrapped up right there. The challenges also follow pretty logically—no one but me will do any advertising or promotion for my catalog, so when there’s little or no money for those efforts (which is most of the time) very little gets done. Accordingly, I am looking at a catalog which is, from my perspective, filled with undiscovered gems which are unknown to nearly everyone but the original commissioning body.  Please visit http://www.dunstanhouse.com/ to peruse our catalog.

 

Jeannine:  As a writer you shared your insights with the public of Washington DC as music critic for The Washington Post.  What skills are needed to be an astute music critic?  You must have many “stories” from this part of your career.  Is there one you’d care to share with our readers?

 

Mr. Gawthrop:  The language skills required are considerable, not only in finding constantly fresh ways to colorfully and memorably describe musical events but also in the discipline required to be comprehensively descriptive within just a few column inches. Beyond language issues, it really helps to be broadly based in your listening and reading habits so that the things you are writing (to a very sophisticated audience) are firmly based in understanding.

 

I came to professional music criticism with almost no formal training and did so in front of a cosmopolitan readership in a major international music capitol. It was scary. I think the magnitude of what I had undertaken didn’t become fully clear to me until when, within a very short period of time, I was assigned to review two events by world class performers whom I had previously known only through recordings: the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and concert organist Marie Claire Alain. It was in equal measures humbling and exhilarating.

 

Jeannine:  Another of your many talents are the Facebook witticisms you share on a regular basis that bring famous art works to life with witty repartee between characters.  What is this wonderfully creative process?  (See David's Sidebar)

 

Mr. Gawthrop:  I stare at the picture until my fevered imagination overheats and begins spouting nonsense. I capture as much as possible and edit until I lose interest!

 

Jeannine:  Thank you for this wonderfully refreshing and delightful interview.  

 

 


The Organ Music of America
An Organ Workshop

presented by

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist

 

Saturday, November 11, 2017
at 10:00 a.m.

 

Sponsored by the
Space Coast Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

 

Advent Lutheran Church

Suntree Campus

7550 N. Wickham Road
Melbourne, Florida 32940

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From Sea to Shining Sea

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

 

Sunday, November 12, 2017
at 3:00 p.m.

 

 

Advent Lutheran Church

Suntree Campus

7550 N. Wickham Road
Melbourne, Florida 32940

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Contact Jeannine
today at 
jeannine@promotionmusic.org 
to host
From Sea to Shining Sea


To discover more visit
 

www.fromseatoshiningsea.net

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Around the World in 80 Minutes

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

 

Sunday, February 18, 2018
at 3:00 p.m.

Who's on Third? Concert Series
Woodburn United
Methodist Church
700 N Cascade Dr,

Woodburn, OR 97071
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Contact Jeannine today at jeannine@promotionmusic.org 
to add your city to the inaugural 2017 tour of Around the World in 80 Minutes.


To discover more visit
 

www.aroundtheworldin
80minutes.org

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Around the World in 80 Minutes

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

 

Saturday, March 4, 2018
at 7:00 p.m.

St Paul Lutheran Church

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

 

Rescheduled from October 8 2017
New Date
Sunday, April 8, 2018
at 3:00 p.m.

First Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 
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Around the World in 80 Minutes

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

 

Sunday, April 15, 2018
at 3:00 p.m.

Fairlawn Lutheran Church

3415 W Market St,

Fairlawn, OH 44333

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From Sea to Shining Sea

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

 

Sunday, April 29, 2018
at 3:00 p.m.

Nelson Hall Theatre 

Performing Arts at Elim Park

150 Cook Hill Rd,

Cheshire, CT 06410

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Bach and Sons

Organ and Multimedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

 

Friday, May 11, 2018
at 7:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church

121 S Harrison St,

Saginaw, MI  48602