Consider the year 1751. What was popular?

Ah… a pipe organ!  Now there was an instrument to behold.  Under the able fingers and feet of one player a wondrous plethora of sounds and harmonies could be produced.  Expressly for this reason, the organ became hugely popular.  It was reported that a 20-rank pipe organ built by a Mr. Johann Schmahl created such a stir that an immense crowd came a great distance – some traveling ten, twenty, thirty, forty, and even fifty hours’ journey in order to see and hear this marvel!    Do you think the person traveling those 50 hours was the organist’s mother?

There was a virtual explosion of American organ builders in the 18 and 19th centuries. 

To learn more of this exciting time in our American history, visit

All of these stories and images are part of the organ and multi-media concert experience, From Sea to Shining Sea, created and performed by David Jordan, media specialist with Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist.

Contact Dr. Jordan at to talk about sharing this unique concert with your community.


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