Jonathan M. Villela

Visiting Assistant Professor



Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Texas; Master of Arts, The University of Texas; Bachelors in Music Education, Greenwood School of Music, Oklahoma State University


Jonathan M. Villela serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor at UIC, where he works with the wind bands, orchestra conducting classes, and performance classes. Further, Dr. Villela is currently one of eighteen Americans to hold the Luce Fellowship & Research Position awarded by the Henry Luce Foundation. He is using this opportunity to work with professional, university, and secondary wind bands across Asia. 
A graduate of The University of Texas, Dr. Villela worked with concert ensembles, undergraduate conducting instruction, graduate wind literature, and the Longhorn Band. At The University of Texas, Dr. Villela was named recipient of the Richard E. Rainwater Grant for Innovation, the Austin Cultural Arts Initiative, and the Texas Music Educators Graduate Scholarship. As a community activist, Villela served as an appointed council member of the Texas Civic Impact Council where he contributed to solutions for community growth and developed recovery response strategies for COVID-19. 

He holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the Greenwood School of Music at Oklahoma State University. Subsequently, 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.