Quickly gaining recognition as a diversely-skilled emerging artist, JORDAN VANHEMERT is a woodwind specialist, composer, and educator based in Central Illinois. VanHemert has performed alongside many notable musicians such as Geri Allen, Steve Wilson, Stephen Rush, Dennis Wilson, Chris Vadala, Jimmy Heath, Xavier Davis, and Vince DiMartino. VanHemert’s performing career has taken him to venues and festivals around the United States, including Shapeshifter Lab, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Virgil H. Carr Center, Edgefest, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Elmhurst Jazz Festival, and Notre Dame Jazz Festival. He has also been invited to perform his compositions at North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial and Regional conferences.
As a composer, VanHemert actively fulfills commissions for many high school, professional, and collegiate ensembles, including the Moving Mind Jazz Orchestra, the Green Hill School Flute Choir, the Bradley University Jazz Ensemble, and the Zeeland High School Jazz Ensemble, among others. VanHemert can be heard around the country performing his original compositions.
An in-demand educator and clinician, VanHemert has presented masterclasses and clinics at high schools and colleges around the country. Prior to arriving in West Michigan, he served as the Jazz Woodwinds Instructor at Lincoln College. Jordan is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Michigan University. VanHemert's primary instructors include John Nichol, Rob Smith, Andrew Bishop, Chip McNeill, Ronald Bridgewater, J. Michael Weiss-Holmes, and Debra Richtmeyer. VanHemert is a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and The International Society of Jazz Composers and Arrangers.
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