About Us

Music is vital to the human spirit. Vivace Productions, Inc.’s mission is to encourage the development of music students and educators; focusing on leadership, excellence in performance, and state of the art instruction.

Vivace Productions, Inc. was founded by Dr. John W. Villella in order to continue the tradition founded in the 1970s by Dr. James R. Wells and Educational Resources.
Dr. Wells’ forward thinking and renowned programs have continued here at Vivace Productions. Initially the Marching Band and Band Front Conference at West Chester University was the only workshop that was available to students and educators. A second workshop was added in 1984 at Lafayette College, and in 1986 the Band Leadership Training Program was developed featuring Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and Professor George N. Parks.

Our workshops embrace a fresh new look at the art of music and its role in education. Our Leadership Training and Marching Band Workshops, as well as our Director & Staff Sessions, are packed with the nation’s top clinicians and include new perspectives and insights into our favorite musical activities. The relationships and friendships made at the workshops continue to make these programs the premier music workshop experience. Each year the Vivace Productions staff and clinicians strive to better educate, and better stimulate those students and educators who attend our workshops. We devote our time to up-holding the level of excellence the workshops have always possessed. We are here because of the relationships that have been formed over the years and we look forward to the relationships yet to be built. We also sponsor the annual Collegiate Marching Band Festival which showcase the talents of college and university bands of a variety of sizes and styles.


Dr. Villella 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 he 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.
Dr. John Villella is currently the Chief of Staff in the office of the President for West Chester University. He previously served as the Associate Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts in addition to having conducted the Symphonic and Concert Bands, and has served as both Assistant Director and Band Director of the West Chester University Golden Rams Marching Band.

A self described “Band Geek” Courtney has been Vivace’s primary administrator since 2012 and has been involved with music and band since 1995. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and West Chester University, Courtney became dedicated to the behind the scenes operations of marching band under the guidance of George Parks and Thom Hannum. She has served on staff of two Rose Bowl Parade bands, provided administrative and on the ground support to various band related events in the Mid Atlantic area and has taught on the staff of several high school marching programs in PA and MA. Previously, Courtney worked for Youth Education in the Arts and the US Scholastic Band Association in Band Director Relations and Event Management.
A former participant of the CMBF, a ‘graduate’ of Band Leadership Training and a staff member for the George N Parks Drum Major Academy, Courtney has long been acquainted with Vivace and its programs. In the office 5 days a week Courtney hopes to be considered a number 1 resource for anyone involved with Vivace in any facet.