Dr. Jordan VanHemertAssistant Professor of Music
Dr. Jordan VanHemert began his career teaching at Hope College in 2019. At Hope, he teaches applied saxophone lessons, saxophone quartet and MUS 105: Survey of Jazz, and he is the director of the Jazz Arts Collective.
Dr. VanHemert's research is focused on the intersectionality of classical and jazz saxophone pedagogy and how these two musical traditions can inform each other in the lesson studio through audiation.
As an educator, Dr. VanHemert's many areas of performance expertise allow him to serve as a clinician for a myriad of groups, including jazz ensembles, saxophone sections and other woodwind chamber ensembles. 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.
- Bachelor of Music Education, Central Michigan University, 2012.
- Master of Music, University of Michigan, 2014.
- Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018
- "Playing Lead Alto," Rhode Island Music Educators' Review, June 2016
- "The Art of Lead Alto Saxophone Playing," The Instrumentalist, February 2016
Outside the College
Outside of his duties at the college, Dr. VanHemert is in his sixth season performing in the orchestra with the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre company. Dr. VanHemert also compose a jazz mass as part of a yearly advent commission for First Reformed Church of Holland. Dr. VanHemert serves as the founder and music director of the Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra (HCJO), a 501(c)(3) ensemble dedicated to increasing awareness and access to jazz education and performance programs in the area's youth. Most notably, HCJO recently partnered with Mental Health West Michigan to promote the be nice action plan, encouraging students to include music as a part of a healthy mental and emotional life.