Stephen M. Jones

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Stephen M. Jones (b. 1960) has been a professor of composition in the School of Music at Brigham Young University since 1991. He served as the Dean of BYU's College of Fine Arts and Communications from 2003 to 2015. Prior to his assignment as Dean, he served as Assistant to the Academic Vice President at BYU, coordinating the strategy and implementation of the university’s e-learning services.

Jones graduated from BYU in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in composition and theory. He received MM and DMA degrees in composition from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where his principal teachers were Jonathan Kramer, Joel Hoffman, Alan Sapp, and Earle Brown. His studies also included work with Bernard Rands at Aspen and Joseph Schwantner at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

He has received commissions from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the Utah Arts Festival, the Meadows Wind Ensemble at Southern Methodist University, St. Thomas University, Emory University, and Temple University-based choreographer Eva Gholson. His works have been played throughout the United States and internationally, including performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Fairbanks Symphony, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Sybil Dance Company, Philadanco, and many other professional and university-based ensembles. His piece at the exactest point was commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the piece premiered in January 2004. In the spring of 2008, he was commissioned by the president of the Wizard Language Institute to compose a Christmas song for the company's curriculum. Joy to Everyone This Christmas became an internationally successful project.

His works have been heard in performances and readings at the Aspen, Ernest Bloch, Lancaster, and June in Buffalo Festivals, as well as at national conferences of the Society of Composers, the College Band Directors National Association, the Percussive Arts Society and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music. Jones’ work, Passages, was premiered at the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles Festival in Manchester, England.

Jones is the recipient of a Utah Arts Council Artist Grant, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, and a Composer Assistance Grant from the American Music Center. His work, sing the earth for orchestra won a Judge's Commendation for Excellence in the 1995 Barlow International Competition. He has since served as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, and as Chair of the Board of Directors.

His music can be heard on the Gasparo and Tantara labels, and his works for wind band are published by Boosey and Hawkes as part of their Windependence series. He also composed the music for the LDS hymn "When Faith Endures".

As a professor and administrator for BYU's College of Fine Arts and Communications, Jones spoke at the April 2004 Convocation and has also presented at the campus' weekly devotionals.

Jones resides in American Fork, Utah, with his wife, Wendy, and their four children.

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