Dave Villani is featured pianist for upcoming holiday concert

Dave Villani
Credit: Penn State

David Villani will be the featured pianist for the upcoming holiday concert, Hallelujah: Music From the Heart of Christmas.

Villani, associate teaching professor in communications and music, will accompany some of the area's vocalists and musicians as they perform holiday music released by artists such as Josh Groban, Celine Dion, and Amy Grant.

Villani is recognized by many as one of the top audio professionals in the region. He has been recording and engineering music for almost three decades and has mixed and edited musical content alongside Grammy Award winners Paul Winter, Mike Reid, and David Gates (Bread). He has composed and scored numerous orchestral commissions, regional jingles, and commercial music titles and has arranged music for orchestras and various other music ensembles. His national television credits include work for the Miss America Pageant and Honda America. A recent project involved editing and engineering voice tracks with actor TJ Miller for the popular video game “Call of Duty” by Activision. Villani has studied electronic music with Robert Moog, the legendary pioneer and inventor of the Moog Synthesizer. As a synthesist, Villani programmed two MIDI books for Technics Corporation published by Hal Leonard Publishing. He has designed sound for numerous local theatre productions as well as performed in pit orchestras as a keyboardist for theatre. In addition to teaching audio production, music theory, the history of jazz, and the history of the Beatles, Villani maintains and manages Data Music Services, a state-of-art commercial audio/video editing facility based in Altoona.

Hallelujah: Music From the Heart of Christmas is Friday, November 30, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mishler Theatre in downtown Altoona. Visit The Mishler Theatre website for more information.