Monthly Archives: March 2014

Who were John Salter and Charles Theodore Pachelbel?

As early as 1728 an organ was imported from England to be used in St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1732, John Salter became organist of St. Philip’s Church. Salter also plays anotherĀ  role in the history of American music: he has the distinction of being one of the first performers to present a concert in the colonies.

Following John Salter in the position of organist at St. Philip’s was Charles Theodore Pachelbel. Charles Theodore was the son of the famous German organist and composer Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706). Charles Theodore Pachelbel left Germany and arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1732 or 1733. He worked first as the organist of Trinity Church in Newport, Rhode Island. On February 25, 1740, Pachelbel began a ten-year appointment as organist with St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Charles Theodore Pachelbel provided an important American historical link to the great Germanic organ tradition of the early eighteenth century.

What people these were! Here in a land barely civilized were worshipers of God using an organ in their services, a man having such curious things in his home as a microscope and an organ, and organ concerts being presented. These were the creative forward-looking musicians of the early American colonies.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan has made music her life. She is a performer and teacher and loves sharing her music and helping others realize their goals of becoming organists and pianists.

Jeannine received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oregon specializing in Classical Organ performance with additional studies in Class Piano Pedagogy.

She also actively performs throughout the world and is known for her unique organ and multi-media concert events, From Sea to Shining Sea and Bach and Sons which strive to bring music alive for her audiences.