Kevin Jones began formal musical training at the age of four. He attended Southern Methodist University and completed his undergraduate degree in organ performance at Ashland College (now University). Mr. Jones went on to earn graduate degrees in Collaborative Piano and in Organ Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also holds the Master of Science in Education degree in Human Services from the University of Dayton.
From 1996 to 2004, 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 debut as guest with Skitch Henderson’s New York Pops Symphony Orchestra. While on the East Coast, he was in demand as a conductor and collaborative artist, appearing frequently with soloists and ensembles throughout the region. 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 with regularity at New York City’s famed 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, most recently playing a solo recital in the 11th-century St. Mary’s Church in Helsingborg, Sweden. Jones also performed on the Pipes at One series at St. Paul’s Chapel, New York City, in 2019.
Following positions in Hartford, Connecticut, Westchester County, New York, and New York City, Jones was Minister of Music at First Congregational Church, Columbus, from 2013 to 2022 where he directed a large music program of four choirs and the longstanding series Concerts at First Church. He led the First Church Choir in choral residencies at Lincoln, Norwich, Gloucester, Chichester, and Winchester Cathedrals, U.K. In June of 2022, Jones was appointed Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights.