Jay Villella, Trumpet

In the past, Jay has worked with:

regional orchestras in CT, MA, RI, and NY

as an adjunct professor of trumpet/brass coach

rock/blues/funk/jazz/swing bands

salsa and merengue bands

a circus, parades, and private parties

educational outreach concerts

brass duos, trios, quartets, quintets, and choirs

as a soloist with piano and organ

many weddings and religious services of all kinds

both professional and amateur choirs

broadway-style musical productions

recording studios

sporting events including for a Pittsburgh Penguins game

Jay holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Yale University where he studied with James Thompson and Allan Dean, respectively. He was a recipient of a full scholarship, the Sidney Mear trumpet award, and a Performer's Certificate from Eastman. He has studied with trumpet players affiliated with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Atlanta Symphony. He has performed in masterclasses for Clément Saunier, Jeroen Berwaerts, Thomas Stevens, Gabriele Cassone, Marco Blaauw, Ed Carroll, Stephen Burns, Paul Merkelo, Ray Mase, Jim Ross, and Kevin Cobb.

Jay was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado and has performed at the music festivals in Chautauqua, NY and Norfolk, CT. He has instructed dozens of students of all levels and coached musical groups and classrooms in several states. He is currently 2nd trumpet of the Youngstown Symphony and an adjunct professor of music at Chatham University in Pittsburgh.