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An Influential Book

In his book, Cities in the Wilderness — the First Century of Urban Life in America, Carl Bridenbaugh describes the life of colonial America from 1625-1742 as it developed under urban conditions.  Five representative towns are examined — New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Newport, and Charles Town — those being the largest on the continent on the eve of the American Revolution.

I first read this book in the 1980’s when working on my dissertation, “An Annotated Listing of Organists in Five American Cities 1700-1850.”  It was an inspiration and motivation to continue my pursuit to find and document those organists not only working in the urban centers of Philadelphia, Boston, and Charles Town, but also in the two Moravian towns of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Salem, North Carolina.

Ultimately this research led to the design and creation of our organ and multi-media concert experience, From Sea to Shining Sea.  Many of the historical facts and anecdotes presented as part of the concert,  come directly from my research and that of Mr. Bridenbaugh.

To bring this unique audience-engaging concert providing a glimpse into early American life, contact creators Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist or David Jordan, media specialist at  For more information visit