College of Visual & Performing Arts

John W. Villella

John W. Villella

Associate Dean - School of Music

Room 110B, Swope Music Building
Phone: 610-436-2495


Ed.D., Widener University
M.M., B.S., West Chester University

Curriculum Vitae

John Villella is currently the Associate Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts. He coordinates curriculum, advising, assessment, faculty development, the performance calendar, equipment, and budget for the College. Prior to this appointment he was the chairperson of the Applied Music Department, conductor of the wind ensemble, and director of the symphonic, concert, and marching bands. Additionally, he served in Music Education as a professor of instrumental methods and supervisor of student teachers. Dr. Villella is the President of Vivace Productions, Inc., the national leader of summer camps, including Band Leadership Training and the Marching band and Band Front Workshops. He frequently serves as a guest conductor, adjudicator, guest lecturer, and director of music festivals in the United States, Canada and Europe. His professional affiliations include membership in the National Band Directors Association, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National and State organizations, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma.

Thoughts on CVPA

I am a graduate of West Chester University and when I was asked to return as a faculty member in 1983, I was overjoyed. In 2008, I was selected for the position of Associate Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, a position I accepted with great enthusiasm. The College has a tradition of excellence and I look forward to carrying out that tradition everyday and in every way. Our students are bright and ambitious. My personal inspiration comes from observing and helping aspiring musicians, actors, and artists as they master the techniques and communication skills needed to excel in their respective arts.

Personal Mission at CVPA

My personal mission for the College of Visual and Performing Arts includes three educational goals: 1) to develop a student's need and desire for life-long learning, 2) to encourage each student to become the best artist and person they can be, and 3) to be the best role model I can be. I am convinced we model behavior, teaching techniques, and excellence based on what we experience. To that end, I need to provide our students with performance opportunities, rehearsals, exhibitions, and other experiences that motivate each student to reach their true potential.