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Kevin Jones began formal musical training at a young age in his native Ohio. He attended Southern Methodist University, completing his undergraduate degree at Ashland College. He also holds Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as the Master of Science in Education degree in Human Services from the University of Dayton. From 1996 to 2004, Mr. Jones held the post of Musical Director/Conductor of the New York City based Gilbert & Sullivan ensemble, the Blue Hill Troupe, Ltd. With that ensemble he made his Carnegie Hall conducting début 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
. He appeared frequently at Carnegie Hall with Mid-America Productions, and made his Weill Recital Hall début with flutist Koaki Fujimoto. He has performed at Ashland University, Cleveland Museum of Art, Oberlin College, Merkin Hall, the Metropolitan 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 Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. From 2007 to 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. As Minister of Music at First Church, he directs and oversees a large choral program with three choirs and a handbell choir that plays five octaves of White Chapel handbells and five octaves of Malmark Choir Chimes. He also is responsible for organizing Concerts at First Church including Congregational Concerts– a concert series in Central Ohio that is celebrating its 47th 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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