Jo Ellen DeVilbiss (M.M., B.M.E.) has been associated with The Conservatory of Central Illinois in Champaign since its inception and founding in 1986. Currently she serves as the school's Executive Director and member of the piano faculty. As Director, she oversees the teaching of approximately 600 students by 25 faculty members. With degrees from Drake University and the University of Illinois as well as an Arts Management Certificate from the AMICI Institute, Ms. DeVilbiss has served as a designated mentor and site visitor for the National Guild of Community School of the Arts (NGCSA) and currently serves on that organization's national Board of Trustees.
Ms. DeVilbiss has performed in significant venues as soloist or accompanist, and as a duo-piano performer with her musical partner and husband, Reid Alexander. An active clinician and adjudicator, she has served in that capacity for organizations such as the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, National Federation of Music Clubs, Music Teachers National Association, and various state and local organizations. She also has served on the music faculties of Lawrence University, University of Wisconsin-FoxValley, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Parkland College, and Indiana University at IUPUI in Indianapolis.
Ms. DeVilbiss developed an instructional multi-media program entitled Time Sketch: Beethoven Piano Concerto #3 (Electronic CoursewareSystems)as well as co-authoring other educational software programs. Additionally, she is contributing author to the text, Creative Piano Teaching (2nd edition, Stipes Publishing), and has written several articles on piano pedagogy and studio management for professional journals. An active member of Sigma Alpha Iota, she received the Rose of Honor Award from that organization in 1984 recognizing excellence in leadership.