School of Music


Mr. John Vana John Vana

Office Location: Studio(H) Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1446
Title: Professor

An active classical and jazz saxophonist, John Vana performs throughout the United States and abroad. He has recorded a solo CD entitled "The Interactive Saxophone" on the Capstone record label. Additional recordings have been made with the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet and for composer William Albright.

He has presented recitals and masterclasses at locations such as the New England Conservatory, the University of North Texas, Penn State University, and McGill University (Montreal, Quebec). Vana and his wife, pianist Jenny Perron, have been recital guests at the National Taiwan College of Arts (Taipei), the University of Northern Colorado, The University of Iowa, Ball State University, and the Interlochen Arts Academy, to name a few. Vana has presented world premieres of works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison, Prix de Rome prize-winning composer Larry Thomas Bell, and noted composer/jazz historian Gunther Schuller. He earned a Bachelor's Degree from DePauw University and a Master's Degree from the University of Michigan.

He received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the WIU College of Fine Arts and Communication (2003-2004). Vana plays exclusively on Fibracell reeds.