San Antonio Chamber Winds Artistic Director and Conductor
Texas-born but North Carolina-raised in a United States Marine Corps family, Nieves Villaseñor moved to San Antonio, TX after graduating from The University of North Carolina Wilmington with his Bachelors of Arts in Music Performance in saxophone.
After graduating from White Oak High School in Jacksonville, NC he began his music studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC where he studied saxophone under Dr. Jeff Bair. At ECU, Nieves performed with the ECU Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and several saxophone quartets. He also served as a drum major to the ECU Marching Pirates.
After attending ECU, Nieves attended Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, NC where he was awarded an Associates in Fine Arts in Music. At CCCC, Nieves studied saxophone under Fletcher Stubbs and performed with the Onslow Winds Community Band and founded the Prometheus Saxophone Quartet.
After completing his studies at CCCC, Nieves continued his music studies at UNCW under Dr. Frank Bongiorno. In his time at UNCW, Nieves has performed with the UNCW Chamber Winds, Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble.
Nieves also founded the saxophone ensemble group, DubSax Quartet, where they have toured Eastern North Carolina, San Antonio and Austin, TX as part of their educational outreach tours.
Currently, Nieves is the artistic director and conductor of the newly formed San Antonio Chamber Winds. Since his move to Texas, Nieves now performs with The Heart of Texas Concert Band and the Live Oak Singers. Nieves is also a performer in the inaugural WGI Independent World Winds ensemble, Crossmen Winds.
As a strong advocate for community music, Nieves has performed with several community bands across the United States including; Onslow Winds Community Band, Tar River Community Band, San Angelo Community Band, Association of Concert Bands Convention Band, Brunswick Concert Band, and the Wilmington Symphonic Winds.
He completed his conducting internship and undergraduate thesis, "Lifelong Music Education in Community Music Programs" in partnership with the New Horizons Concert Band of Wilmington, NC, under the supervision of Dr. John P. LaCognata.
Nieves's professional affiliations include Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Association of Concert Bands, North American Saxophone Alliance, Texas Music Educators Association, and the North Carolina Music Educators Association.
San Antonio Chamber Winds Associate Conductor
Alana Urbano is a Texas-bred musician from the city of San Antonio. After graduating as the last class from South San Antonio West Campus HS, she followed her dreams of becoming a video game and movie composer at The University of Texas at San Antonio receiving her Bachelors in Music Composition. While studying composition with James Syler, Dr. James Balentine, Dr. Ethan Wickman, and Dr. David Heuser, she also studied Flute and Jazz performance under Dr. Rita Linard, Dr. Kristin D. Hayes, and Morgan King. She performed with the UTSA Symphonic Band, University Band, Flute Ensemble, Pep-Band, and The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band. She served as the very first Drum Major for the SOSA marching band, and as a founder and first elected President of the Iota Tau Chapter of UTSA’s Tau Beta Sigma, both established in 2011.
After attending UTSA, Alana began her Masters in Music Education at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She is currently working on her thesis and plans to graduate this December. Her dream is to teach middle school band or choir.
Alana servers her community by teaching private piano, flute and woodwind masterclasses to the students of the South San Antonio Independent School District and Northside Independent School District. She also helps transform underserved marching band programs in San Antonio and surrounding areas with her traveling leadership camp, Limitbreak Leadership, founded in 2011.
Currently, Alana is the first Associate Conductor of the newly established San Antonio Chamber Winds. She is the flute player for Mariachi Entertainment System, a YouTube sensation that fuses traditional Mexican Mariachi culture and video game music. Her recent projects include the composition of the Texas A&M University San Antonio fight song, which was recorded by William P. Taft High School.
Alana’s professional affiliations include the Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority Alumni Association and the Texas Music Educators Association.