Stephen Jones is Professor of Composition in the School of Music and former Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications at BYU. Prior to his assignment as Dean, he served as an Assistant to the Academic Vice President.
Jones studied composition as an undergraduate at BYU and 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.
Jones’s 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, and many other professional and university-based ensembles. His works have been heard in performances at national conferences of the Society of Composers, the College Band Directors National Association, the Percussive Arts Society, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music and the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles Festival in Manchester, England.
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 choreographer Eva Gholson.
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 Judges’ Commendation for Excellence in the 1995 Barlow International Competition. He is former chair of the Board of Directors of the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition. His music can be heard on the Gasparo and Tantara labels. His works for wind band are published by Boosey and Hawkes as part of their Windependence series.