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Planning concert programs can be one of the most agreeable aspects of one’s performance career. It is a time to peruse music, play through pieces, and put the puzzle pieces of a cohesive enjoyable program together. Challenging and time-consuming, yes, but necessary to create a performance that not only “feels right” to you as the performer, but offers a story in sound for the listener as well.

The Steps:

Determine a theme for your program

For example: Organ Settings of the chorales of Martin Luther

Do the research

  • What were the tunes Martin Luther composed?
  • What settings have been composed on these chorales?
  • Renaissance to contemporary

Narrow the theme

  • Settings of Luther Chorales by Baroque composers
  • Settings of Luther Chorales by Contemporary composers

Peruse a variety of music by utilizing

  • Your own music library
  • Online sources with free downloads
  • Online sources with sample pages
  • Public library music collections
  • Student and colleague music collections

Choose repertoire to create the program considering

  • Theme
  • Length of program
  • Variety of pieces
  • Preparation time
  • Audience interest

The result of the two concerts I performed using the steps listed, is the CD shown above:  The Chorales of Martin Luther.  The CD includes repertoire from two concerts performed at the Stadtkirche and Schlosskirche in Wittenberg, Germany.  Follow this link to get more information –     Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist



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