Jonathan Villela

Jonathan Villela

Year: 2021-2022
Nominating Institution: University of Texas
Field of Interest: Art – Performing Arts
Placement Organization: College of Music at Mahidol University
Placement Location: Bangkok, Thailand

About Jonathan

In tandem with his Luce Year, Dr. Jonathan Villela serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Conducting at the University of Illinois Chicago where he works with instrumental ensembles, conducting courses, and performance classes. Within his Luce Year, Dr. Villela garnered guest conducting positions with The Thailand Philharmonic (Bangkok, Thailand), West Winds (Singapore), and many secondary schools and junior colleges throughout Singapore. He was also a featured lecturer and conducting clinician for the Band Directors Association of Singapore and Wind Bands Association of Singapore. Villela taught at Four Points Middle School (Leander ISD) where he conducted the group at the 69th Midwest Clinic and was a presenter in the following year. As a guest conductor of Cedar Park Winds, Villela led the ensemble’s submission to the international conference, thus yielding the group’s invitation and performance at the 71st Midwest Clinic where they premiered Donald Grantham’s Effulgent Light. Vilela served as a guest conductor of the Dallas Winds, and was featured on the ensemble’s Mozart vs. Varèse. Dr. Villela studied conducting under the tutelage of Maestro Jerry Junkin.

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