Stephen Jones is Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications and Professor of Composition in the School of Music at Brigham Young University. 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 studied composition as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University 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.
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 works have been heard in performances and readings at the Aspen, Ernest Bloch, Lancaster, and June in Buffalo Festivals and 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.
Reviewers call Jones “a canny orchestrator with an ear for vivid instrumental colors and quirky, fantastical rhythmic riffs” (Chicago Tribune) and note that his work is “grounded… in traditional tonality and harmony while managing to avoid the formulaic” (Chicago Sun Times). The Salt Lake Deseret News calls at the exactest point
“a stunningly forceful, expressionistic essay that shows Jones as a masterful orchestrator and craftsman,” and names it “one of the more dynamic and electrifying works to come from a Utah-based composer.”
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 has since served as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition and is now chair of the board of directors. 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.
Jones resides in American Fork, Utah with his wife, Wendy, and their four children.