Shenandoah, with its size and faculty/student ratio, allows me to work closely with my students and participate in their success. There is no greater joy than watching one of my students excel in performance!
B.A., University of North Carolina; M.A., University of Massachusetts; M.M., University of Maryland; D.M.A., Shenandoah University
- An active guest teacher, Dr. Byron Jones has taught/presented Master Classes at the Washington National Opera Institute for Young Singers, the American Singers' Opera Project, and Seagle Music Colony.
- He is currently preparing a series of four performances of Schubert's Winterreise in January and February of 2012. These recitals will take place in the Washington DC area and also on the SU campus.
- Byron Jones has appeared with Baltimore Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Milwaukee Florentine Opera, Roanoke Opera, the Springfield (MA) Symphony, Kingsport (TN) Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony, Handel Choir of Baltimore, and the Washington Chorus. His operatic repertoire includes Gianni Schicchi, Lelisir damore, Don Giovanni, La Bohme, Le Villi, and many American chamber works. During the summer of 2006, he sang the role of Meriwether Lewis in Dream of the Pacific, a new opera co-commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Opera Omaha to celebrate the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition to the west.
- He is featured as the tenor soloist on the Washington Chorus recording of the Berlioz Requiem, released by Gothic Records. He frequently performs French cabaret music and especially the songs of Jacques Brel. With fellow Shenandoah facutly member Karen Keating, he recorded an album of cabaret songs, What Have You Done to My Heart, released by Redfont Records and available at www.cdbaby.com
As one of Shenandoah Conservatory's Opera Coordinators, I work very hard to ensure that our students have wonderful experiences learning about this amazing art form and also growing through performance.