Dr. Jordan VanHemert is a West Michigan-based saxophonist, composer, and educator. He currently serves on the faculty at Hope College, where he is the an Assistant Professor of Music Instruction in saxophone and jazz studies. He is also the Music Director of the Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra. He holds degrees in music from Central Michigan University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
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 perform his work at the Michigan Music Conference, the Jazz Education Network National Conference, 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, Friends University Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Bradley University Jazz Ensemble, Greenhill (TX) School Flute Choir and many others.
VanHemert's debut album of original compositions is slated for release this fall. Recently, he was the conductor for Derek Brown's new album with the Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra, All Figured Out. In addition to his work in the Department of Music, Dr. VanHemert serves as a faculty co-advisor to Hope College's Asian Student Union. VanHemert is a Vandoren Artist-Clinician and performs on Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces exclusively.