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Jordan VanHemert, Founding Music Director

Quickly gaining recognition as a diversely-skilled emerging artist,  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.  

Prior to arriving in West Michigan, VanHemert taught at Lincoln College. VanHemert recently earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree 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. 


HCJO Members
2021-22 Season


  • Tim Grieme

  • Houston Patton

  • Caleb Elzinga

  • Bill Bier

  • Mike Hamman



  • Nate VanderWerf

  • Keith Walker

  • Austin Hunt

  • Mark Sluiter



  • Mark Wells

  • Stafford Hunter

  • Jim Groelsma

  • Adam Graham


Rhythm Section

  • Leah Reinardy, Piano

  • Liam Coussens, Bass

  • Andrew Witter, Drums

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