Quickly gaining recognition as a diversely-skilled emerging artist, Jordan VanHemert is a woodwind specialist, composer, and educator based in West Michigan. VanHemert has performed alongside many notable musicians such as Geri Allen, Stephen Rush, and Ed Sarath. Dr. 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 and arranger, Dr. VanHemert has written for chamber ensembles, large and small jazz ensembles, and concert bands, which include the Central Wails Saxophone Orchestra of Central Michigan University, the L'anse Creuse North High School Saxophone Choir, the Greenhill School Flute Choir in Addison, Texas, and Detroit's Moving Mind Jazz Orchestra.
Quickly becoming a sought-after clinician, Dr. VanHemert has presented clinics at the Michigan Music Conference and guest recitals and lectures at colleges and high schools around the country. VanHemert is also an adjudicator and clinician for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, as well as CMU Jazz Weekend. He has given masterclasses and lectures about jazz history, lead alto and jazz saxophone section playing, improvisation, a fundamental guide to performance in both the classical and jazz side of the saxophone and jazz composition. Dr. VanHemert's pedagogical writing has been published in The Instrumentalist and the Rhode Island Music Educator's Review. In addition to his work as a clinician, Dr. VanHemert maintains a private studio teaching jazz and classical saxophone.
VanHemert currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Hope College and the Artistic Director of the Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra. Jordan recently earned a DMA in Jazz Saxophone Performance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He holds a Master of Music degree in Improvisation 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, and Debra Richtmeyer.
VanHemert is a member of the Millennium Composers Initiative, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), The International Society of Jazz Composers and Arrangers, and the National Associaton of College Wind and Percussion Instructors.