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Timothy Jones (Bass-Baeitone)

Born: Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

The American bass-baritone, Timothy Jones, obtained his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Centenary College of Louisiana (1985-1988); and his Master of Music and DMA degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan (1988-1995; Activities and Societies: Opera - George Shirley, Martin Katz and Gustav Meier. Jay Lessenger, Ken Cazan, and Josh Major).

Timothy Jones enjoys a reputation as an exciting presence on operatic and concert stages throughout the United States, Europe and South America. His eagerly anticipated performances combine intelligent musicianship, commanding vocal technique and an unique ability to connect with audiences. He made his New York debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in February 2000. His operatic performances include leading roles in W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, Madam Butterfly, La Boheme, Falstaff, Macbeth, La Traviata, Porgy and Bess, Four Saints in Three Acts, Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Owen Wingrave, Carmen, La Damnation de Faust, Charles Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, and Die Fledermaus. He has appeared with Opera Pacific, Opera Birmingham, Mobile Opera, Ebony Opera, Opera in the Heights, Shreveport Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, the Lake George Opera Festival, Opera Idaho, Opera Southwest, Pensacola Opera and the San Antonio Lyric Opera.

A distinguished concert performer, Timothy Jones has soloed with the Cleveland Orchestra singing George Frideric Handel’s Messiah and J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244). He has also performed with the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, Austin Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Portland Symphony, Saginaw Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Utah Symphony Orchestra and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. His repertoire includes the J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245), Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, W.A. Mozart's Requiem, L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Verdi’s Requiem, A Sea Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Paul Hindemith's When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom'd, Tippett’s A Child of our Time, and Eight Songs for a Mad King by Peter Maxwell Davies.

An enthusiastic champion of new and contemporary music, Timothy Jones has commissioned and premiered numerous compositions. His annual appearances with Kevin Noe and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble are a highpoint of the season. His performance of Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer Kevin Puts’ Einstein on Mercer Street is featured on PNME’s recent recording “Against the Emptiness”. Other recordings include “Drunken Moon” and “The World of Ruth Crawford Seeger”. Among the composers he has worked with are Derek Bermel, Robert Avalon, James Balentine, Laura Carmichael, John Vasconcelos Costa, Kevin Fuchs, Jeffrey Goldberg, David Heuser, Doug Opel, and Jeffrey Nytch.

A favorite of festival audiences, Timothy Jones is highly regarded for his interpretation of art song and lieder. He is frequently heard with Ars Lyrica Houston, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Victoria Bach Festival, New Texas Festival, Round Top Music Festival, SOLI and the Cactus Pear Music Festival. As a recitalist he has appeared with keyboardists Warren Jones, Jeffrey Sykes, Matthew Dirst, and Brian Connelly.

In the 2003-2004 season Timothy Jones performed the W.A. Mozart's Requiem with Paul Salamunovich and the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra in Rome, Italy, world premiere performances with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble of works by composers David Heuser and Jeffrey Nytch, performances of A Sea Symphony by R. Vaughan Williams at the historical Smith College, W.A. Mozart's Requiem with the New Haven Symphony and the Wichita Symphony Orchestras, P. Hindemith's When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom'd with the New Mexico Symphony, a concert of Gershwin's Favorites with the Victoria Symphony, G.F. Handel’s Messiah with the San Antonio Symphony and L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the combined forces of the University of Houston (Moores School of Music) and Rice University (Shepherd School of Music).

The many highlights of Timothy Jones' 2004-2005 season included the title role of W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni with Ebony Opera with conductor Willie Waters, G.F. Handel’s Messiah with both the Austin Symphony and the Syracuse Symphony, Crown and Jake in Porgy and Bess with Pensacola Opera, Haydn's Creation with the Virginia Symphony,Tippett’s A Child of our Time with the Victoria Bach Festival, Judus Maccabeus with the Shreveport Symphony, Seven Last Words of Christ with the Texas Bach Choir, L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Appleton Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem with the Navel Academy and Smith College and several unique concerts with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.

In the 2005-2006 season Timothy Jones sang J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with the Cleveland Orchestra, Tippett’s A Child of our Time with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Jacksonville Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem with the Portland Symphony (Maine), Jake in Porgy and Bess with Mobile Opera, returned to the Pittsburgh New Music Festival, and performed solo recitals at the University of Houston.

In the 2006-2007 season Timothy Jones sang G.F. Handel’s Messiah with The Cleveland Orchestra, Jake in Porgy and Bess with Opera Pacific, Alidoro in La Cenerentola with the Opera Birmingham, Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Jacksonville Symphony, J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) with the Florida Bach Festival, concerts at the Cactus Pear Festival, a gala concert with the Marshall Symphony, L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Wichita Symphony, and performances at Michigan State University and the University of Houston.

Timothy Jones was Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio (1994-2000). Since 2002, he is Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Houston-Moores School of Music. Since 2003, he is represented by Mirshak ArtisManagement. He curreently lives in Houston, Texas.

Source: Timothy Jones Website (December 2012) & LinkedIn/Facebook profiles; University of Houston Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Mathhew Dirst


BWV 201
Video (2011):
BWV 245

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Timothy Jones - Bass-Baritone (Official Website)
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Timothy Jones (Faculty and Staff | Moores School of Music - University of Houston)
Timothy Jones, Bass-baritone (Ars Lyrica Houston)
Bass-Baritones/Basses (Mirshak Artists Management)

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