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Joel Vanderheyden Biography 

Joel Vanderheyden is a Minneapolis, MN native with over 16 years of saxophone experience. He received his bachelor's degree in music performance and education from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2003. Joel was one of four University of Minnesota students selected to perform with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and open for B.B. King at the 2000 Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, and was honored as the Keith Carlson Memorial Jazz Award Recipient in 2001.

After Joel's marriage to the most beautiful woman on the face of the earth in 2003, he moved to the Washington D.C. area where he studied under Chris Vadala, earning his Master's Degree in jazz studies at the University of Maryland. While on the east coast, Joel performed regularly with several groups; most notably the jazz fusion project M Theory, whose work was commissioned by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. 

In 2005, Joel moved to Chicago where he served as Director of Jazz Studies and Woodwinds at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines. While rebuilding the Oakton Jazz program, Joel also held a private studio and frequently appeared as guest artist with the modern music trio Do No Dawn. 

After a successful year in Chicago, Joel returned to his alma mater where he served as the interim Director of Jazz at the University of Minnesota, Morris, filling in for one of his musical heroes, Jim "Doc" Carlson.  Joel is currently working on his DMA at the University of Iowa, where he is studying saxophone under Dr. Kenneth Tse.  

Joel has performed or recorded with Chris Vadala, Allen Vizzutti, Ingrid Jensen, Bruce Paulsen, Butch Warren, Vaughn Nark, Jon Metzger, Mark Olen, Don Stille, Frank Dawson, Mary-Louise Knutson, Phil Holm, Dave Graff, Butch Thompson, and Phil Hey.  He has performed at festivals in Switzerland and France, and at a variety of stateside venues including The Dakota, The Artists' Quarter, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and the historic Blues Alley.

Link:  Joel's website