We’re thrilled to introduce Dr. Eddie Jones as one of our festival workshop leaders for this year’s Kilkenny Gospel Choir Festival.
Eddie W. Jones is an educator, performer, and conductor who has influenced many lives. He studied at the University of Memphis where he earned his D.M.A. He received his Master of Music degree from Miami University (OH) and his B.A. degree in Music from Tougaloo College.
In his present employ as Associate Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Jones teaches Voice, Choral Methods, and conducts both the UA Concert Choir and the UA Inspirational Singers. His voice students have been winners in both the State and Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competitions, the former of which he is a past President. Some of his students have also been winners at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competition. Over 95% of his students go on to teach in the music profession or choose to go on to prestigious graduate schools in music.
Additionally, choirs under Dr. Jones’ direction have toured across the U.S. and taken performance tours to eastern and western Europe and Asia, including a spring 2007 trip to China by the U of A Inspirational Singers. During that tour the singers had the privilege of performing at the famous Beijing Concert Hall. Dr. Jones has guest conducted, adjudicated choral festivals, conducted master classes, and presented worship seminars both nationally and internationally.
Some of the major choral works Dr. Jones has conducted include compositions by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Bernstein. He has prepared choirs for performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Brahm’s Requiem, and Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 in collaborative orchestral concerts. Recently, the UA Concert Choir was chosen as the chorus to perform in the University of Arkansas Opera Workshop’s presentation of Suor Angelica.
Today, Dr. Jones maintains an active research agenda. He has written articles on hymnist, Charles Price Jones and the musical arrangements of 20th century artist, Roland Hayes. His recent research on Black Gospel Music has resulted in his development of the copyrighted dramatic presentation, The Gospel Feast, which is used to inform the public about the history of Black Gospel Music.
Profile from University of Arkansas