Joel gives saxophone lessons for the department of music.
Joel Vanderheyden holds a D.M.A. in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy (University of Iowa – with Kenneth Tse), a M.M. in Jazz Studies (University of Maryland – with Chris Vadala), and a B.A. in Music Education and Performance (University of Minnesota-Morris). Joel endorses D'Addario reeds and Selmer saxophones, and performs regularly with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Jazz St. Louis Big Band, and the electro-jazz ensembles, Koplant No and Vehachi. He is Professor of Music and Director of Jazz at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri. He has previously served as Director of Jazz and Woodwinds at Oakton Community College in the Chicago area, and Director of Jazz at the University of Minnesota-Morris.