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Full Time Faculty Adjunct

Matt McCready
Joel Vanderheyden

David Black
Cathy Boemler
Keith Boyer
Joseph Pastor
Benjamin Wheeler

Full Time Faculty

Matt McCready

Matt McCreadyTitle: Professor-Music
Office: FA 102B
Extension: 3363
Email:mmccread@jeffco.edu

Doctor of Music: Indiana Univ - Bloomington
Master of Music: U of Michigan: Ann Arbor
Bachelor of Music Education: The Ohio State University


Dr. McCready has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Ohio State University, a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. He taught 5-12 band in Ohio, and taught music at Quincy College in Quincy, Illinois.



Joel Vanderheyden

Joel VanderheydenTitle: Asst Professor - Music
Office: FA 112B
Extension: 3362
Email:jvanderh@jeffco.edu

Doctor of Music: University of Iowa
Master of Music: U of Maryland:College Park
Bachelor of Arts: University of Minnesota Morris


With degrees in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy (DMA, University of Iowa), Jazz Studies (MM, University of Maryland), and Music Performance and Education (BA, University of Minnesota, Morris), Joel Vanderheyden is a seasoned performer and educator in both jazz and classical styles. At Jefferson College, he teaches Music Theory, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Appreciation, Applied Woodwinds, and directs the Jefferson College Jazz Ensembles. Vanderheyden has previously served as Director of Jazz at both the University of Minnesota-Morris and Oakton Community College in the Chicago area. He is a member of the Missouri Saxophone Quartet, and performs regularly with the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra. He has performed at the World Saxophone Congress (St. Andrews, Scotland, 2012), at jazz festivals in Switzerland, France, and Holland, and at 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. Vanderheyden`s debut CD was released in 2009 on the Mize Music label. It was named one of the Top Jazz Albums of 2009 on KCCK 88.3FM in Cedar Rapids, IA and called "One of the best jazz rock records to be released in years!" by Christopher Cooke on KIOS 91.5FM in Omaha, NE.



Adjunct

David Black

David BlackTitle: Adjunct-contracted
Office:
Extension: Contact Arts and Science Secretary at x3331 or Career and Tech Secretary at x3445
Email:dblack2@jeffco.edu





Cathy Boemler

Cathy BoemlerTitle: Adjunct Faculty
Office:
Extension: Contact Arts and Science Secretary at x3331 or Career and Tech Secretary at x3445
Email:cboemle1@jeffco.edu

Master of Music Education: Univ of Missouri - Columbia

Cathy Boemler received degrees in Piano and Music Education from Murray State University (Kentucky) and University of Missouri-Columbia. She has previously taught in the Dunklin R-5 and Crystal City School Districts. Currently she maintains a private piano studio as well as accompanies numerous choral programs at Festus, Windsor, and Seckman High Schools



Keith Boyer

Keith BoyerTitle: Adjunct-contracted
Office:
Extension: Contact Arts and Science Secretary at x3331 or Career and Tech Secretary at x3445
Email:kboyer18@jeffco.edu





Joseph Pastor

Joseph PastorTitle: Adjunct-contracted
Office:
Extension: Contact Arts and Science Secretary at x3331 or Career and Tech Secretary at x3445
Email:jpastor@jeffco.edu

Bachelor of Music: SIU - Edwardsville

Joe Pastor has a Bachelor of Music from SIUE and has nearly completed a Master of Art in Teaching from Webster University. Joe has performed throughout the United States as a drummer and percussionist in a variety of situations including jazz, blues, and rock bands, as well as in musical theater and orchestral ensembles. He specializes in drum set and jazz vibraphone, but is classically trained in all percussion and is a competent world music percussionist. Mr. Pastor is also a published composer with Bachovich Music. In addition to teaching percussion and Fundamentals of Music at Jefferson College, he teaches as a private percussion instructor.



Benjamin Wheeler

Benjamin WheelerTitle: Adjunct-contracted
Office:
Extension: Contact Arts and Science Secretary at x3331 or Career and Tech Secretary at x3445
Email:bwheele1@jeffco.edu

Master of Music: SIU - Edwardsville
Bachelor of Music: Webster University


Ben Wheeler has been a freelance bass player and teacher for over a decade. Having played in the orchestra and jazz band in high school, Wheeler went on to study classical bass at Truman State University. After his freshmen year, Wheeler joined the group "Swing Cat Swing," a cover band that performed around the St. Louis area during the retro-swing fad of the late 90s. The group performed the theme for Fox 2 News, along with several promotional clips that aired regularly. Wheeler transferred to Webster University to finish his bachelor?s degree and study jazz with bassists Jay Hungerford and Dan Eubanks. His undergraduate experience included a trip to Poland to assist with Webster?s Summer Jazz Academy in Krakow. After graduating from Webster University, Wheeler began playing with some of the top jazz musicians in St. Louis. His regular gigs included backing the legendary saxophonists Willie Akins and Dave Stone, along with performing with piano virtuoso Ptah Williams. He was a member of the Jeff Lash Trio which got several positive reviews in the Riverfront Times for their jazz interpretations of rock standards. Wheeler also got the opportunity to perform in other cities with jazz guitarist Corey Christiansen (featuring drummer Danny Gottlieb) and the rock band "Perry Went Home." An opportunity for a teaching assistantship at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and the chance to study with the spectacular bass player Tom Kennedy prompted Wheeler to go to graduate school. He had taught private lessons, but classroom teaching was a new and exciting prospect. It ended up helping him discover an enjoyable ?day job? for a musician and an outlet for sharing his love of music with others. Wheeler currently teaches at Jefferson College and he continues to work as a freelance bass player, performing concerts with vibraphonist Peter Schlamb, saxophonist Paul DeMarinis and many others. Wheeler is also the proud parent of two children.