Steven Jordheim, Professor of Music, was a winner of two major international performance competitions: the International Competition for Musical Performers in Geneva, Switzerland in 1983 and the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York in 1984. He presented his New York debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1985 and has performed as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras in Italy, China, Switzerland, France, Canada, Taiwan, and the United States. Jordheim holds degrees in music performance from Northwestern University and the University of North Dakota and has studied with Frederick Hemke and Jean-Marie Londeix.
Since joining the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University in 1981, Jordheim has taught courses in saxophone, chamber music, music education, instrumental pedagogy, and Freshman Studies. In 2012, Jordheim received the Freshman Studies Teaching Award, and he was awarded the Lawrence University Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001. He has been an artist-teacher of saxophone at the Xi'an Conservatory of Music in China, the International Saxophone Chamber Music Festival in Faenza, Italy, the Hsing Tien Kong Festival in Taiwan, and the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. He has served as adjudicator for the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the North American Saxophone Alliance Classical Saxophone Performance Competitions, the Music Teachers National Association regional and national competitions, and the Hsing Tien Kong Competition in Taiwan. Steven Jordheim's recording of David Maslanka's Song Book for alto saxophone and marimba, and Sonata for alto saxophone and piano is available on compact disc on the Albany Records label. His performance as conductor of Rodney Rogers’ Two Views for saxophone ensemble, percussion, piano, and double bass with the Lawrence University Saxophone Ensemble is available on the Albany Records label, and his performance of James Chaudoir’s Pentragrams was released on the Capstone label.
Works composed for Steven Jordheim include:
The Valley of Fire for saxophone quartet and organ -- William Albright
We Fall . . . We Rise for saxophone ensemble -- Javier Arau
Duo Concertante for saxophone and piano -- Leslie Bassett
Consilience for saxophone quartet -- Philippe Bodin
Ballade for saxophone and chamber orchestra -- Michael Halstenson
Trio for flute, saxophone, and piano -- Michael Halstenson
Songbook for alto saxophone and marimba -- David Maslanka
Light (con una luce superna) -- Joanne Metcalf
Dialogue Symphonique for saxophone and chamber orchestra -- Lucie Robert
The Nature of this Whirling Wheel for saxophone and piano -- Rodney Rogers
Two Views for Saxophone Ensemble, Percussion, Piano, and Double Bass -- Rodney Rogers
Hydra for saxophone quartet -- Kenneth Schaphorst
Jordheim’s research interests include endoscopic study of the vocal tract in standard and extended saxophone techniques.
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