Instructor

Nieves Villaseñor is the Visiting Assitant Director of Bands at James Madison University, where he serves as Assistant Director of the Marching Royal Dukes, Director of the JMU Pep Band, and conducts the JMU Symphonic Band. He also serves as Artist-in-Residence at the Virginia Mennonite Reitrement Community (VMRC) in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mr. Villaseñor is currently completing his candidacy for the Doctor of Music Arts in Instrumental Conducting with a cognate in Nonprofit Organizations from the University of Florida. 

Mr. Villaseñor hails from the transient military community of Jacksonville, North Carolina. He holds a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Syracuse University, a Bachelor of Arts in Music in Saxophone from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and an Associate of Fine Arts in Music and Music Education from Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, North Carolina. 

As a strong advocate for community music and avid collaborator of area musicians, Mr. Villaseñor was the founder and artistic director of the San Antonio Community Wind Ensemble, a program offering of Crossmen Productions, Inc and ensemble-in-residence at Texas A&M University San Antonio. He served as the Director of Secondary-School Music at Jubilee San Antonio Charter School and developed the school's first-ever band and color guard program. Mr. Villaseñor was also a performer in the WGI Independent World Class Silver Medalist Indoor Winds unit, Crossmen Winds, and a saxophonist with River City Big Band based out of San Antonio. In New York, Mr. Villaseñor competed with DCA Open Class Finalist corps, White Sabers Drum & Bugle Corps, was a performer with activist ensemble, Unity Street Band, and became co-founder of the region's first WGI Independent Indoor Winds unit, Vortex Indoors Winds. In 2022, Mr. Villaseñor was selected as the recipient of University of Florida's Graduate Teaching Award for his work with the introductory music-major conducting course. 

Mr. Villaseñor serves annually on the instrumental music faculty of the North Carolina Governor's School East at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, the nation's oldest statewide summer residential program for academically and intellectually gifted high school students. 

Ensemble Directors

Stephen Bolstad

Stephen P. Bolstad
Professor, Director of Bands
Ensemble Area Coordinator
bolstasp@jmu.edu
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Foster Beyers
Assistant Professor
Director of Orchestras
beyersfj@jmu.edu
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Chuck Dotas

Chuck Dotas
Professor, Director of Jazz Studies
dotascj@jmu.edu
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Bryce Hayes

W. Bryce Hayes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
hayeswb@jmu.edu
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Scott Rikkers

Scott Rikkers
Director of the Marching Royal Dukes, Assistant Director of Bands
rikkersd@jmu.edu
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Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Coordinator of Voice Area
vanderjx@jmu.edu
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Nieves Villaseñor
Assistant Director of Athletic Bands
Director of Pep Band
villasnx@jmu.edu

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