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Organist says instrument is ‘unique, beautiful’; Cleis Jordan’s musical career spans 59 years

August 31, 2014 • Local News

The organ at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Roswell is a Baroque-style tracker organ built by the Bedient Pipe Organ Company in Nebraska. A tracker organ has mechanical linkage between the keys and pipe valves, so for the musician the key pressure changes as stops are added or subtracted. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

 

By Shannon Seyler

Special to the Record

 

The pipe organ at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Roswell is a unique instrument, one that has long been entrusted to the capable hands of Cleis Jordan, a professional organist with 59 years of experience.

Such a complex instrument requires the expertise of a highly skilled musician. Jordan holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Northwestern University, and a Master of Arts degree in organ performance from the University of Houston.

“For a small church in a small town, we are doubly-blessed,” says Janet Macaluso, choir director at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. “Not only do we have a unique and beautiful organ, but we have an amazingly skilled and knowledgeable person to play it for us every week of the year. Cleis is one-of-a-kind.”

Jordan is always glad to discuss and promote pipe organ music. Describing the St. Andrew’s organ, Jordan says, “this Baroque style tracker organ was built by the Bedient Pipe Organ Company in Nebraska. It has two keyboards and a full pedalboard. There are a Login to read more

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