Thomas Jones — Minister of Music
Baritone Thomas Jones is in the 29th year of his career as a performer and appears with orchestras, opera companies, choral ensembles, pops concerts and on recital series throughout North America, Europe and the West Indies. Critics from coast to coast have hailed his performances as elegant, passionate, expressive and sensitive. Richard Buell of The Boston Globe calls the vocal and stage presence of Thomas Jones "irresistible". Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times proclaims that Mr. Jones sings "with plush sounds and musical vigor".
Mr. Jones’ solo appearances include The Santa Fe Symphony, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Boston's Handel & Haydn Society, The Apollo Chorus of Chicago, The San Francisco City Chorus and Orchestra, The Vancouver Chamber Choir and The Canadian Broadcast Orchestra, The Phoenix Bach Choir, The Phoenix Chamber Orchestra, New York's St. Cecilia Orchestra, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, The Omaha Symphony, The Pacific Chorale and The Pacific Symphony in Southern California, The Battle Creek Symphony (Michigan), The Billings Symphony (Montana),The Louisville Bach Society at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, The Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra of Washington, DC, The Simon Sinfonietta of Washington, DC., The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Orchestra, The Bucks County Choral Society and The Philadelphia Festive Arts Orchestra under conductor Robert Page. Thomas Jones has sung on recital series coast to coast in the USA and in the cities of Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen among others.
Festival appearances include Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Berkshire Choral Festival, The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Great Waters Music Festival and Monadnock Music. Opera companies include Boston Lyric Opera, The Harrisburg Opera Company of Pennsylvania and Opera New England. In metropolitan Boston, appearances include The Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Boston Civic Orchestra, The Back Bay Chorale, Coro Allegro, The Cape Cod Symphony, The Worcester Symphony, The Nashua Symphony, The Providence Singers, New England Classical Singers, The Monadnock Chorus and The Masterworks Chorale.
Mr. Jones has soloed with well over 150 choruses throughout The USA, appearing under the baton of notable maestros such as Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan, Roger Norrington, Thomas Dunn, John Alexander, Jon Washburn, Daniel Beckwith, Joel Revzen, Robert Page, Jung-Ho Pak, John Oliver, William Gray, Stephen Simon, Tom Hall and Gerald Mack. And, he has premiered new works by composers such as Libby Larson, Dave Brubeck, John Goodman and others. Contemporary pops concerts have recently been an added dimension to his 25 year career. Those series feature music from the American Songbook and a vast array of musical theater composers. Recordings include Handel “Messiah” for National Public Radio and Handel “Samson” with the Canadian Broadcast Orchestra and the Vancouver Chamber Choir.
Thomas Jones was a semifinalist in the International Bel Canto Foundation Vocal Competition and a semifinalist in the New York Oratorio Competition. His theater experiences range from summer stock companies in multiple roles from Gershwin to Sondheim. In addition, Mr. Jones is an accomplished voice teacher and choral clinician, having conducted vocal master classes and choral clinics throughout the United States at colleges, high schools and for community, church and professional choruses. He has adjudicated at dozens of solo competitions and choral festivals throughout the country. Thomas Jones has been teaching voice through the Office for the Arts at Harvard University for 20 years. He also served as vocal coach for Harvard University’s “Hasty Pudding Theatricals” for 10 years and is the voice clinician for the Harvard Freshman Arts Program.
Thomas Jones became Director of Music at Old Cambridge Baptist Church in 2002. Under his direction, the choir has recorded a CD entitled “Total Praise”. Members of the choir had the unique privilege of singing at several historic Biblical sites in Turkey and Greece in the summer of 2010, including Ephesus, Corinth and ancient Pergamum. In June of 2011, the choir will sing the 9:00 AM worship service at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.