Prior to his appointment to the music department in 2002, Professor Jourdan spent 6 years as the conductor of the Centralia Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, he was a public school band director at Vandalia High School and Sandoval Jr./Sr. High School. Professor Jourdan was recently recognized as a quarter-finalist for the 2016 GRAMMY Foundation's Music Educator Award where he was selected from over 4,500 initial nominees.
While teaching in the public schools, Professor Jourdan's marching, concert bands and jazz bands consistently won competitions and received superior ratings at organization contests. He has also taught chorus, and general classroom music programs in the public schools. His demonstrated success in the public school programs led him into the college teaching ranks where he won the Kaskaskia College Student Congress Outstanding Professor Award in the 2004-2005 academic year.
Professor Jourdan has a varied performance background including work in orchestral music, regional concert bands, jazz ensembles, big bands, brass ensembles, and progressive rock groups. While an undergraduate, he was principal tuba for the Southern Illinois University Wind Ensemble. An active performer, Professor Jourdan keeps busy performing with various ensembles in the Southern Illinois region.
Professor Jourdan's responsibilities at Kaskaskia College include teaching music major core courses, general education courses, conducting the Kaskaskia College concert, jazz, and pep-bands along with directing the student jazz ensemble and percussion ensemble. He is also very active in music technology courses and teaches ProTools and Logic courses. Professor Jourdan was the co-organizer for the first Merry TUBA Christmas in the Centralia area in 2006.
Jourdan is very active as a 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. Professor Jourdan continues to work with regional marching bands as a brass instructor, percussion instructor, composer, and drill writer.
Professor Jourdan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a Master’s degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He studied conducting with Dr. Charles Menghini of VanderCook, Edward Benyas and Michael Hanes of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In addition, he studied composition with Dr. Frank Stemper from SIUC and Bill Camphouse, formerly of Kaskaskia College. He is a member of the Illinois Music Educator’s Association (IMEA), Music Educators National Conference (MENC), College Band Directors Association (CBDA), and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).
Jourdan is a commissioned composer and arranger with over 50 works to his credit. He was commissioned to compose a work for the 2014 WMEA All-State Symphonic Choir which was performed by a 300 voice choir in Yakima, Washington.