JUNIOR CLINICIAN IN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
Jonathan M. Villela began his teaching career at Four Points Middle School following his graduation from Oklahoma State University in 2015 as a Velma Forbes Scholar. During his time at Oklahoma State University, Villela studied saxophone, chamber music, and pedagogy under Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert. On several occasions, Villela traveled to Singapore as a guest clinician of the Wind Bands Association of Singapore. Additionally, Villela was a National Chamber Music Finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Competition, a drum major of the OSU Cowboy Marching Band, and remains a clinician at public schools, university music camps, professional conventions in Texas, the Midwest Clinic, and most recently, The Conn-Selmer Institute.
Villela served as Assistant Director of Bands at Four Points Middle School. There, he helped prepare the Four Points Wind Ensemble for their performance at the 69th Annual Midwest Clinic. Further, Villela led preparation of the Four Points Concert Band’s state evaluation, in which they received unanimous superior ratings from all adjudicators for the first time in the school’s history. The Concert and Symphonic Ensembles ensembles have consistently received highest ratings in competitions and state evaluations under his direction.
Villela is an assistant conductor of the Cedar Park Winds. In his first season with the ensemble, he conducted and led the recording of David Maslanka’s “Give Us This Day”, contributing to the ensemble’s submission and invitation to the 71st Midwest Clinic. With Cedar Park Winds, he humbly commissioned Donald Grantham’s “Effulgent Light” and conducted the world premiere in Chicago, IL.
At the University of Texas, Villela was recently named recipient of the Richard E. Rainwater Innovation Grant, and is currently pursuing graduate work in Wind Conducting through the tutelage of Professor Jerry Junkin.
Jonathan Villela owes his opportunities with Leander ISD, Cedar Park Winds, and The University of Texas to his teachers and mentors, including Frank Troyka, Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert, Lynne Jackson, Dr. Kevin Sedatole, Dr. Sarah McKoin, Christopher Yee, Jessica Gonzales, Jerry Junkin, and his selfless parents, Manuel and Cindy Villela.