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The members of the Music Ministry of our small mission church, St. Bede Episcopal in Forest Grove, Oregon have a vision and goal of not only providing excellence in our worship music today but building on and creating an outstanding music ministry for the future.

With that in mind, we’d like to ask for your patronage – a gift large or small to our upcoming Hymn-a-thon Music Ministry fund raising event on June 7th.  To be a patron of the worship arts at St. Bede Episcopal Church, and help us reach our goal of $4,000, please click here to visit our gofundme site. All contributions will be matched by an anonymous patron.

We thank you for your support, encouragement, and generosity.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan enjoys a varied career as a concert organist, church musician, and teacher.  She and her husband, David, are the creators and performers of two organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea.


As we look toward 2015, I encourage you to BUILD ON YOUR SUCCESS! Take a moment to look back on 2014 and re-examine the goals you set and the successes you had. Too often we look only to the future and forget to revel in the joy of goals accomplished and challenges conquered before moving on to the next “big thing”.

I encourage you to look at your past year of organ study and ask yourself two questions:

What did I do well?

What could I have done differently?

Your reflections and answers to those two simple questions will help you move into 2015 with renewed energy and enthusiasm for your organ study.

So what will building on your success of 2014 look like in 2015? Following are just a few of the great ideas I’ve heard in the past week:

enjoying my performances and performing with a smile

improving reading skills

performing organ duets

preparing and performing a solo recital

adding trumpet tunes to my repertoire

reworking old pieces with my improved skills

preparing for college entrance exams

understanding and applying registration skills to my repertoire

planning and preparing repertoire for the Spring recital

So, let the excitement begin!

Dr. Jeannine Jordan has a studio of 18 adult organ students and weekly shares in the excitement of helping these students realize their goals and dreams. She is also a concert organist who performs the multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea with her husband David Jordan, media specialist.

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

― Robert F. Kennedy

Summer – a time for learning – a time to acquire knowledge or skills through experience, study or by being taught.

What type of summer learner are you? 

The “armchair” learner

  Is it time to put your feet up and get out the book that has sat on your desk all winter? 

  Is it time to sit on the deck and catch up on your professional journals?

 Is it time to peruse those websites that have been bookmarked for months?

  Is it time to listen to the recordings you purchased at last year’s concerts?

The “day-trip” learner

 Is it time to schedule a summer’s worth of coaching lessons from a local professional?

  Is it time to attend a workshop being held in your community?

  Is it time to share experiences and ideas with local colleagues?

  Is it time to visit local libraries, museums, and galleries?

  Is it time to attend an event as a participant rather than a presenter?

The “big trip” learner

  Is it time to attend a national professional conference?

  Is it time to experience another culture?

Whatever your learning style, enjoy your summer!

Tips for Completing Your Spring Goals

“Procrastination is the thief of time.” Plan detailed careful practice sessions now to master your music for spring recitals or to complete important course deadlines.

Minimize distractions during your practice sessions.  Turn off your “devices” and focus on your music.

Communicate with your family and friends and share your goals.  You’d be surprised how supportive they will be.  They may even organize a detailed practice schedule for you. 

Timing is everything.  Schedule your practice sessions when you are mentally alert and ready to focus on and enjoy your music. 

Take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy your music!

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, teacher and concert organist

What inspires me? 

My students inspire me to:

  • learn new repertoire
  • play favorite repertoire again
  • analyze my new repertoire to discover hidden harmonic gems
  • explore new soundscapes even in my practice time
  • to creatively teach my congregation new hymns
  • to set goals for planning and performing two new solo concert programs
  • to not be afraid of difficult challenges in repertoire
  • to practice …oh…and practice some more!

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and instructor of organ and piano

What a great practice idiom! 

start each practice session

  • tenaciously with specific goals in mind 
  • and with lion-like energy

so you can

end each practice session

  • rejoicing in goals met
  • with lamb-like exuberance



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