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Looking for inspiration to recharge your own creativity?  You might want to:

  1. Support the local arts scene. Go to a local festival, music event, art show, play, museum exhibit.  Visit to find the location for the next live Bach and Sons concert in your area.
  2. Grab a stack of magazines, and clip whatever looks interesting or cool to create your own inspiration board.
  3. Read a book of short stories such as  On the Heels of an Organist.
  4. Go for a walk, and take your camera with you to document the experience.
  5. Stop by the library, and check out some CDs.
  6. Take a long soak in a hot bathtub
  7. Watch the sun rise or set
  8. See an Oscar-nominated movie or a foreign film.
  9. Listen to your favorite music while sipping on a cup of hot cocoa or cappuccino
  10. Visit a “creative” shop that has nothing to do with what you actually do–an art supply store, a fabric shop, a music store.

Boundless, unending sources of inspiration are yours for the taking!  Let your world heighten your senses and creativity.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist


Whether you are a teacher, student, church musician, concert artist, or preparing for a competition, following the Plan, Prepare, Present process will lead to success in your musical endeavors.

Planning your performance

1. Determine the purpose of the performance.
Instruct and inform
Convince, persuade, influence or motivate,
amuse and entertain

2. Determine who the audience will be

3. Determine the venue and instrument you will be playing

4. Choose repertoire appropriate to purpose, audience, and venue


Preparing your performance

1.  Create a realistic practice plan to learn the chosen
repertoire based on:
Performance date
Practice time available
Maximizing your strengths
Allotting time to overcome your weaknesses

2.  Follow the plan in a careful, consistent manner

3.  Know how to regain enthusiasm during those inevitable moments of self-doubt

4.    Practice, practice and practice
To gain familiarity and ease with your
To hear yourself by using a tape recorder
To gain feedback by practicing in front of family
or colleagues
To reduce nerves
To make sure your performance is within the
allocated time period

5.      As the performance date approaches visit the venue
Discover how your instrument will sound in the
Determine the lighting
If you will be speaking, test the sound
Learn where the audience will be seated
Discover if there will be any distractions
Determine the temperature of the room


Presenting your performance

  1.   Make a positive first impression
    Confident body language
    A relaxed demeanor
    Appropriate dress for the
  2.   Build rapport with your audience
    Involve your audience
  3.   Hold the attention of the audience
    “Own” your music
    Exude enthusiasm about your performance
    Play in a convincing manner
    Share your joy
  4. Close your performance to make a favorable and lasting impression

    (Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and with David Jordan, creator and performer of the organ and media event, Bach and Sons.)

As an organist, it is a thrill to travel the world playing incredible instruments and sharing music with audiences.  On Friday, August 17th in Ried, Austria I will be playing the Schwanthaler organ in a presentation of the world premier of the German versiou of our organ and media event, Bach and Sons.  Part of the Rieder SommerMusik Fest, the Stadtpfarrkirche Sts. Peter and Paul, hosts the event. (To learn more of our event, visit

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist with David Jordan, media artist

Music I will be performing as part of the Bach and Sons event  is the Toccata in d minor, the “St. Anne” Fugue, a trio sonata, and many chorale preludes by JS Bach; a sonata by CPE Bach; a chorale prelude by WF Bach; and other incredible piece

During the event, I narrate the story of the life of JS Bach and his family as related by the women important in the Bach family’s life–Maria Barbara, Catharina Dorothea, and Anna Magdalena Bach, and Sara Levy, a patron of the arts and collector of the music of JS Bach and his sons. It was a wonderful challenge for me to learn the narration of the show in German for this world premier concert.


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