John Vallentine

Director of The School of Music
Professor of Music Education
Ph.D. - University of Kentucky

Office: 115 Russell Hall
Phone: (319) 273-2024

Dr. John F. Vallentine was appointed Director of the School of Music on January 1, 1999. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Vallentine earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree, with dual certification in instrumental and vocal music (majoring in clarinet and piano) from Southeast Missouri State University. He became the first student to earn a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Northern Iowa in 1983. After beginning his public school and college teaching career, he earned a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Kentucky in 1991.

Dr. Vallentine was appointed to the UNI music education faculty in 1991 and later served as the division chair of that area. He also served as Director of the UNI Marching and Symphonic Bands, and taught clarinet and music education courses. Dr. Vallentine is a pianist, clarinetist, and conductor.

Dr. Vallentine has served as Chair of the Council of Academic Heads/Directors, participated on University/College Committees and Presidential Task Forces, and led a National Advisory Board at the University of Northern Iowa. During his tenure as Director of the School of Music, the $23 million dollar Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center opened in 2000. Dr. Vallentine successfully led and implemented a major 10 million dollar renovation project for the music building, Russell Hall, which was completed in 2008.

Vallentine has national and international experience in conducting, performing, classroom teaching and private applied instruction. He has won a number of honors and awards, including Faculty Merit Awards at both the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. In 2010 he received the Alumni Merit Award from Southeast Missouri State University.  Vallentine serves as an institutional accreditation site evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music.  

Dr. Vallentine has continued performing as a pianist and has conducted master classes and directed bands in San Jose, Costa Rica and St. Petersburg, Russia. He continues to be a frequent guest clinician and teacher, and serves as a guest conductor for Honor Bands throughout the Midwest. Dr. Vallentine's applied music research has been recognized nationally by the Music Educators National Conference and published in The Quarterly.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Vallentine served as assistant director of bands and teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky. He previously was Director of the Symphony and Marching Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Director of Bands for the Waterloo (Illinois) Community School District (junior and senior high schools). His public school students were members of Illinois District and All-State bands. Dr. Vallentine's students received multiple excellent and superior ratings at district and state ensemble festivals and contests.

Dr. Vallentine resides in Cedar Falls with his spouse, Diane (an adjunct theory and liberal arts core professor), and has four children.