Samuel Jones

  • Samuel Jones first came into prominence as a conductor, one of the few Americans to advance through the ranks of the smaller American orchestras to become conductor of one of the majors (the Rochester Philharmonic). He then achieved national recognition in another field as he founded a significant new music school and served for six years as its first dean (Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music). All the while he has continued to compose, quietly amassing what has become a vital and active catalog of works.

    After stepping down as dean, Jones continued as Professor of Composition and Conducting as well as Director of Graduate Studies at the school he founded, for a total of 24 years at Rice. In 1997 he retired from full-time academic life, and he and his wife moved to the Seattle area where he was appointed by Gerard Schwarz as Composer in Residence of the Seattle Symphony. He is now in his eighth year in that position.

    Jones focuses most of his creative energies on composition, yet he still manages to spend significant time as a teacher of conducting, for which he has also developed a wide reputation. As a past president of the Conductors’ Guild and as a master teacher at the Conductors Institute, the American Symphony Orchestra League and other conductor study classes, Jones is making a strong contribution to the advancement of the American conductor.

    Samuel Jones is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes for his compositions, including a Ford Foundation Recording/Publication Award, a Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant, NEA Grants, repeated ASCAP Awards, an International Angel Award, and the 1986, 1991 and 2003 Music Awards from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. The Seattle Symphony presented him with its 2002 Artistic Recognition Award for outstanding service to the orchestra. He received an honorary doctorate from Millsaps College in May, 2000. He was inducted in April, 2000, into the inaugural class of the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. He was recently named the Music Alive Composer in Residence for the Meridian Symphony by Meet The Composer and the American Symphony Orchestra League.

    Works have been performed by such orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the New Orleans Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, and scores of others. His music has been commissioned by, among others, the ASCAP Foundation, Meet the Composer, the Houston Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Amarillo Symphony, the Midland-Odessa Symphony, the Sioux City Symphony, the Saginaw Symphony, Millsaps College, the Mississippi Boychoir, and the Choral Society of Greensboro.

    Samuel Jones was born on June 2, 1935, in Inverness, Mississippi. A graduate of Central High School in Jackson, he received his undergraduate degree with highest honors at Millsaps College. He acquired his professional training at the Eastman School of Music, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in composition under Howard Hanson, Bernard Rogers, and Wayne Barlow. A former conducting student of Richard Lert and William Steinberg, Jones’ numerous conducting credits include tenures as Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic, Music Advisor of the Flint Symphony, and Music Director of the Saginaw Symphony, as well as guest conducting engagements with many orchestras, including, among others, the Detroit Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony, and the Iceland Symphony. Early in his career he founded the Alma Symphony and the Delta College Summer Festival of Music in Michigan. His compositions include three symphonies and many other orchestral works, as well as works for chorus and orchestra, opera, and chamber groups. His music is published by Carl Fischer and Campanile Music Press and is recorded by Naxos, CRI, Gasparo, ACA, and Centennial Records.


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    Solo and Chamber Music
    20761 Aurum Aurorae-Overture
    for Brass, Organ and Timpani
    20761 4:00 tpt.(3), hn.(4), tbn.(3), tba., timp., org.
    W2636 Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra W2636 24:00 Tuba, Piano
    B3455 Concerto for Violin and Orchestra B3455 24:00 Violin with Piano
    20772 Festival Fanfare 20772 2:00 tpt.(3), hn.(5), tbn.(3), t.
    20780 Parliament of Owls – Fanfare and Processional
    for Brass and Timpani
    20780 5:00 Hn.(4), tpt.(3), trb(3), tba., timp.
    CY2830 Sonata for Cello and Piano CY2830 full score, Cello, Piano
    Orchestra
    AS61 Elegy for String Orchestra AS61 String Orchestra
    O5031 Let Us Now Praise Famous Men O5031 16:00 Symphony Orchestra
    20768 Elegy for String Orchestra
    In memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy
    20768 6:00 String Orchestra
    21758 O Little Town of Bethlehem(arr.) 21758 3:00 2(2nd dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Tubular Bell, Hp. Str.
    21759 A Christmas Memory
    Suite from the opera
    21759 17:00 2(2nd dbl. Picc.) 2(2nd dbl. E.H.) 2(2nd dbl. B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 1 1; Timp. 1Perc. Hp. Str.
    20777 Listen Now, My Children 20777 11:00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    20787 Symphony No. 3 (Palo Duro Canyon) 20787 22:00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 6Perc. Hp. Str.
    21700 Reflections: Songs of Fathers and Daughters
    Tone Poem/Suite for Orchestra
    21700 18:00 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(3 dbl. B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
    20784 Symphonic Requiem
    (Variations on a Theme of Howard Hanson)
    20784 22:00 3(dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
    20763 Chaconne and Burlesque 20763 12:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno., Cel. Hp. Str.
    20770 Fanfare and Celebration (version A) 20770 5:00 4(Picc.) 4(E.H.) 4(B.Cl.) 4(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. 2Hp. Str.
    20771 Fanfare and Celebration (version B) 20771 5:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. 2Hp. Str.
    20774 In Retrospect 20774 8:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. Glock. Str.
    20775 Janus 20775 18:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    20779 Overture for a City 20779 8:00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
    20782 Roundings: Musings and Meditations on Texas New Deal Murals (7 mvt.) 20782 41:00 3 3(E.H.) 3 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
    20785 Symphony No. 1 20785 27:00 3(dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl. / dbl.Cl. In A and Bb) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
    20762 Benediction
    Chorale Prelude on the celebrated Benediction and Sevenfold Amen by Peter Lutkin
    20762 9:00 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 1; Str.
    20776 Let Us Now Praise Famous Men 20776 16:00 picc./2/2/eng.hn./2 (cl. in A and Bb)/b.cl./ 2/cbn. – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.(opt. offstage fl. choir – fl.(3), a. fl.)
    20773 Hymn to the Earth: Suite No. 1
    from “Roundings”
    20773 13:30
    20778 Machines: Suite No. 2
    from “Roundings”
    20778 13:00
    20789 The Open Range: Suite No. 3 from “Roundings” 20789 14:30
    Orchestra with Soloist(s)
    FE206 Spaces FE206 8:00 Narrator, Vcl.
    21686 Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra 21686 21:00 Solo Vcl.; 2(2nd dbl. Picc.) 2(E.H.) 2(2nd dbl. B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. 1Perc. Str.
    20767 Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra 20767 24:00 Solo Tu; 3(dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(2nd dbl.EbCl./3rd dbl. B.Cl.) 3(3rd dbl. Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
    20766 Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra
    Vita Accademica
    20766 25:00 Solo Tbn.; 3(3rd dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(3rd dbl.B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
    20764 Chorale-Overture
    for Organ and Orchestra
    20764 6:30 Solo Org.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    20765 Concerto for Horn and Orchestra 20765 25:00 Solo Hn.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.); 5 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. Perc.(3) Hp. Str.
    CY3490 Concerto for Horn and Orchestra CY3490 Horn with Piano
    23479 Concerto for Violin and Orchestra 23479 24:00 Solo Vln.; 2(2nd dbl. Picc.) 2(E.H.) 2(2nd dbl. B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 0 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    Orchestra with Chorus
    20769 Eudora’s Fable: The Shoe Bird 20769 48:00 Narrator, Children’s choir; 2(1-dbl. picc., 2-dbl.alto fl.)/2(eng.hn.)/3/2; 2/3/1/0; hp., Timp. perc.(4); str.
    20781 Reunion Benediction 20781 7:00 Mixed chorus; Str.
    20786 Symphony No. 2 (Canticles of Time) 20786 27:00 SATB chorus (2); 3(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. perc.(5), Hp. Str.
    20783 The Seas of God 20783 7:00 SATB chorus; 3(dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; timp, 4Perc. Str.
    20790 The Trumpet of the Swan 20790 22:00 SATB chorus; 3(dbl. Picc.) 3(dbl.E.H.) 3(dbl.B.Cl.) 3(dbl.Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
    Oratorio
    20788 The Temptation of Jesus: An Oratorio 20788 73:00 Solo bass voice; SATB chorus, children’s chorus; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 3 0; Timp. Perc. Cel. Hp. Str.

  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    Reflections: Songs of Fathers and Daughters
    Tone Poem/Suite for Orchestra
    Reunion Benediction
    Suite from the Opera “A Christmas Memory”
    for Orchestra