A seasoned performer and clinician in both jazz and classical styles, Joel Vanderheyden is a saxophonist, composer and educator from Minneapolis, MN. He has served as Director of Jazz at both the University of Minnesota, Morris and Oakton Community College in the Chicago area, and has given masterclasses and appeared as a guest soloist and clinician with high school and collegiate ensembles around the country. His D.M.A. studies in classical saxophone with Kenneth Tse at The University of Iowa and M.M. studies in jazz with Chris Vadala at The University of Maryland have contributed to his well rounded approach to the saxophone and musical expression.
Vanderheyden has performed at jazz festivals in Switzerland, France, and notable stateside venues including Carnegie Hall, Blues Alley, The Dakota, The Artists’ Quarter, The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and The Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts. In 2000, Joel performed with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown at the Montreux Jazz Festival, opening for B.B. King, and has since shared the stage with many notable national and local jazz luminaries, including Jeff Tain Watts, Allen Vizzutti, Ingrid Jensen, Byron Stripling, Bruce Paulsen, Butch Warren, Vaughn Nark, Toby Koenigsberg, Jon Metzger, Mark Olen, Don Stille, Frank Dawson, Kenni Holmen, Mary-Louise Knutson, Phil Holm, Dave Graff, Butch Thompson, and Phil Hey.