School of Music

Faculty

Mr. John Vana John Vana

Office Location: Studio H Browne Hall
Email: JW-Vana@wiu.edu
Title: Professor

John Vana has performed throughout the United States and abroad. He has released a solo CD entitled "The Interactive Saxophone" on the Capstone record label. Fanfare Magazine stated that "(Muczynski's Sonata) is easily THE best recording of the sonata that I've yet heard." Additional recordings have been made with the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet and for composer William Albright.

Mr. Vana has presented recitals and masterclasses at locations such as the New England Conservatory, the University of North Texas, Penn State University, McGill University and Université de Montréal. 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).