Samuel Jones

  • Samuel Jones is one of few American conductors to advance through the ranks of the smaller American orchestras to become the conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic, one of the majors. He then achieved national recognition in another field as he founded Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he served for six years as its first dean. All the while, he has continued to compose and has amassed a vital and active catalogue of works.

    After stepping down from Rice as dean, Jones continued at the Shepherd School as Professor of Conducting and Composition and Director of Graduate Studies. In 1997 he retired from full-time academic life and he and his wife moved to Seattle where he was appointed Composer in Residence of the Seattle Symphony by Gerard Schwarz where he served fourteen years, the longest such tenure in American orchestral history. While in Seattle, he composed a large number of significant works, including a successful series of concertos for principal players in the orchestra. In addition to his work in composition, Jones continues to spend significant time as a teacher of conducting and composition. As a past president of the Conductors’ Guild and as a frequent master teacher at the Conductors Institute and other conductor study classes, Jones has made a strong contribution to the advancement of the American conductor.

    Samuel Jones is the recipient of numerous awards for his compositions, including a Grammy nomination for the Seattle Symphony recording of The Shoe Bird based on a story by Eudora Welty; a Ford Foundation Recording/Publication Award; a Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant; NEA Grants; repeated ASCAP Awards; an International Angel Award; the Seattle Symphony Artistic Recognition Award, the Houston Symphony Distinguished Service Award, and six Music Awards from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, as well as its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. He received an honorary doctorate from Millsaps College in 2000, and the same year he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. He was named the Music Alive Composer in Residence for the Meridian Symphony by Meet The Composer and the League of American Orchestras. His works have been performed by such orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the All-Star Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Britt Festival, the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and scores of others. His music has been commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the ASCAP Foundation, Meet the Composer, the All- Star Orchestra, the Houston 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, among others.

    More recently, Jones was commissioned to compose a Violin Concerto for the Emmy Award-winning All-Star Orchestra’s second series of television broadcasts. The concerto’s premiere performance, by the violin soloist Anne Akiko Meyers accompanied by the All-Star Orchestra conducted by Gerard Schwarz, was heard on selected PBS stations throughout the country beginning in December 2015. This work, which received the 2015 Music Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, has also been released on a Naxos DVD. Another recent work is a String Quartet for the Harrington Quartet, which will be premiered in April 2017 and subsequently recorded for CD and television. He is currently completing a Flute Concerto commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra for its principal flutist, Jeffrey Khaner. This work will receive its premiere in January 2018.

    Born on June 2, 1935, in Inverness, Mississippi, Samuel Jones has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a composer, conductor, and educator. A graduate of Central High School in Jackson, Mississippi, 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 a conductor, Samuel Jones has performed in many of the world’s great concert halls with some of its outstanding orchestras, including Carnegie Hall and Eastman Theatre (Rochester Philharmonic), Avery Fisher Hall (New York Philharmonic), Smetana Hall (Prague Symphony), Benaroya Hall (Seattle Symphony), Jones Hall (Houston Symphony), Kleinhans Hall (Buffalo Philharmonic) and the Syria Mosque (Pittsburgh Symphony) as well as guest conducting engagements with many other orchestras including, among others, the Detroit Symphony, the Iceland Symphony, the Flint Symphony, the Lansing Symphony, the Naumberg Symphony, the Shepherd Symphony and the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. Early in his career he founded the Alma Symphony and the Delta College Summer Festival of Music and was on the faculty of Alma College in Michigan. His compositions include three symphonies, six concertos and many other orchestral works, as well as works for chorus and orchestra, opera, and chamber groups. His music is published by Carl Fischer, Theodore Presser, and Campanile Music Press and is recorded by Naxos, CRI, Gasparo, ACA, Centennial Records, and Brilliance Audio.


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    Chamber Ensemble
    20761 Aurum Aurorae-Overture
    for Brass, Organ and Timpani
    20761 4:00 tpt.(3), hn.(4), tbn.(3), tba., timp., org.
    CY3490 Concerto for Horn and Orchestra CY3490 Horn with Piano
    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
    FE206 Spaces FE206 8:00 Narrator, Vcl.
    Orchestra
    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.
    CY3491F Benediction
    Chorale Prelude On The Celebrated Benediction and Sevefold Amen By Peter Lutkin
    CY3491F 9:00 Orchestra
    20763 Chaconne and Burlesque 20763 12:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno., Cel. 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.
    CY3502F Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra
    Full Score
    CY3502F 21:00 Orchestra
    AS61 Elegy for String Orchestra AS61 6:00 String Orchestra
    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.
    20773 Hymn to the Earth: Suite No. 1
    from “Roundings”
    20773 13:30
    20775 Janus 20775 18:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Hp. 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.)
    O5031 Let Us Now Praise Famous Men O5031 16:00 Symphony Orchestra
    20777 Listen Now, My Children 20777 11:00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    CY2018F Listen Now,My Children CY2018F 11:00 full score, 4 Horns in F, harp, 2 Oboes, 2 Flutes, English Horn, 2 clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons, 3 trombones, tuba, piccolo, Strings, 3 trumpets in Bb, percussion
    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.
    20778 Machines: Suite No. 2
    from “Roundings”
    20778 13:00
    20789 The Open Range: Suite No. 3 from “Roundings” 20789 14:30
    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.
    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.
    CAM1F Reflections: Songs of Fathers and Daughters CAM1F 18:00 Orchestra
    20774 In Retrospect 20774 8:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. Glock. 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.
    CY3501F Suite from “A Christmas Memory” CY3501F 16:00 Orchestra
    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.
    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.
    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.
    CY2257F Symphony No. 3
    (Palo Duro Canyon)
    CY2257F 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 6Perc. Hp. Str.
    Orchestra with Soloist(s)
    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.
    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.
    CY3480F Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra
    (“Vita Accademica”)
    CY3480F 25:00 full score
    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.
    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.
    CY4001F Concerto for Violin and Orchestra CY4001F Violin with Orchestra
    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.
    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.
    CY3381F Reunion Benediction CY3381F Voice and Orchestra
    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.
    CY2256F Symphony No 2
    (Canticle Of Time)
    CY2256F 27:00 SATB chorus (2); 3(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl. E.H.) /2 (b. cl.)/2/cbn. – 4 3 3 1; Timp. perc. (5), Hp. 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.
    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.
    CY2352VS The Temptation Of Jesus
    An Oratorio
    CY2352VS vocal score

  • Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    Eudora’s Fable: The Shoe Bird
    for Children’s Choir, Narrator, and Orchestra
    Reflections: Songs of Fathers and Daughters
    Tone Poem/Suite for Orchestra
    Reunion Benediction
    Suite from the Opera “A Christmas Memory”
    for Orchestra

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