DR. JORDAN VANHEMERT began his career teaching at Hope College in 2019. At Hope, he teaches applied saxophone lessons, saxophone quartet, courses in Jazz Studies, and he is the director of the Jazz Arts Collective, Hope's flagship jazz ensemble. Dr. VanHemert is frequently invited to serve as an adjudicator and clinician for MSBOA district and state jazz festivals, as well as Central Michigan University's annual Jazz Weekend. In addition, Dr. VanHemert has been invited to present his work at the Michigan Music Conference and North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial and Regional Conferences.
An active composer, Dr. VanHemert's creative work includes fulfilling commissions for wind chamber groups and jazz ensembles all over the country. He has written for the Zenith Saxophone Quartet, Greenhill (TX) School Flute Choir and many others. VanHemert's primary teachers include John Nichol, Rob Smith, Andrew Bishop, Chip McNeill, Ronald Bridgewater, J. Michael Weiss-Holmes and Debra Richtmeyer.
Dr. VanHemert is a Vandoren Artist-Clinician.
CURRENT AND UPCOMING PROJECTS
Flying High - big band; commissioned by Justin Sarns and the Allendale Jazz Orchestra in memory of Don Druart