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Kevin Jones began formal musical training at the age of four in his native Ohio. He attended Southern Methodist University, studying organ with Robert T. Anderson and harpsichord with Larry Palmer. He completed his undergraduate degree at Ashland College, studying organ with Karel Paukert and piano with Elizabeth Pastor. Mr. Jones went on to earn graduate degrees in Collaborative Piano and in Organ Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying organ with Karel Paukert, and piano and chamber music with Anne Epperson, Thomas Muraco, Elizabeth Pastor, and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein. From 1996-2004, Mr. Jones held the post of Musical Director/Conductor of the New York City based Gilbert & Sullivan ensemble, theBlue Hill Troupe, Ltd.With that ensemble he made his Carnegie Hallconducting debut as guest with Skitch Henderson’s New York Pops Symphony Orchestra. He has worked as assistant to conductor Anton Coppola in productions of Aïda, Gianni Schicchi, La Bohème, Lucia, Le Nozze di Figaro,and Rigoletto.He appeared frequently at Carnegie Hallwith Mid-America Productions, and made his Weill Recital Halldébut with flutist Koaki Fujimoto. He has performed at Ashland University, Cleveland Museum of Art, Oberlin College, Merkin Hall, theMetropolitan Museum of Art, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Purchase, and Weill Hall. Internationally, he has performed throughout Europe and the Far East. Mr. Jones has served as an Associate Artist and Assistant Chorus Master with Cleveland Operaas well as a staff pianist at both the Cleveland Institute of Musicand the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. From 2007-2012 he was Canon Precentor and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut. While in Hartford, he also was a member of the vocal division faculty at the Hartt School serving as vocal coach and vocal instructor, and teaching courses in English, French and German diction. Currently, Mr. Jones holds the post of Minister of Music at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Columbus, Ohio. He directs and oversees a large choral program with three choirs and a handbell choir that plays five octaves of White Chapel handbells. He also is responsible for organizing Concerts at First Church including Congregational Concerts– a concert series in Central Ohio that is celebrating its 44th season, First Tuesdays– a midweek monthly series, and all other musical events that happen outside of the normal Sunday morning service.
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