Cliff Jourdan is Professor of Music at Kaskaskia College where he conducts the concert, jazz, and pep-bands, student jazz, and percussion ensembles, and teaches music major core courses and general education courses. He is also a commissioned composer and arranger with over 70 works to his credit. His works have been performed throughout the Midwest and Northwest; and, he has accepted numerous commissions by local musicians and ensembles, both professional and educational. Primarily a tuba player, Jourdan has a varied performance background including work in orchestral music, concert bands, jazz ensembles, big bands, brass ensembles, and progressive rock groups. An active musician, Jourdan performs regularly on tuba, bass, or guitar with various ensembles in the Southern Illinois region.
Before his appointment at Kaskaskia College, Professor Jourdan spent six years as the conductor of the Centralia Philharmonic Orchestra; he returned to that position for the 2019 season. Additionally, he taught instrumental music, choral music, and general music at Sandoval Jr./Sr. High School and Vandalia High School. While teaching in the public schools, Jourdan's marching, concert, and jazz bands consistently won competitions and received superior ratings at organizational contests.
Throughout his twenty-two-year teaching career, Jourdan has received many accolades for his creativity, talents, and dedication to music education. In 2014, he was commissioned to compose a work premiered by the 300-voice Washington Music Educators Association All-State Symphonic Choir in Yakima, Washington. He was a quarter-finalist for the 2016 GRAMMY Foundation's Music Educator Award where he was chosen from over 4,500 initial nominees. He has presented at several conferences for professional development in Illinois and Washington. Additionally, he has been a recipient of the Kaskaskia College Student Congress Outstanding Professor Award.
Professor Jourdan holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a Master of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He studied conducting with Dr. Charles Menghini of VanderCook, Dr. Edward Benyas and Michael Hanes of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Also, he studied composition with Dr. Frank Stemper from SIUC and Bill Camphouse, formerly of Kaskaskia College.
Jourdan is a sought-after clinician and adjudicator sharing his passion for music throughout the southern Illinois region. He also serves as a frequent guest conductor for honor and festival bands and works with regional marching bands as a brass instructor, percussion instructor, composer, and drill writer. He is a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association, National Association of Music Educators, College Band Directors Association, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.