Faculty | Voice/Opera
Associate Professor of Voice
office: MSM 351
office phone: (713)743-3179
address: 120 School of Music Bldg, Houston, TX 77204-4017
Acclaimed throughout the United States, Canada, South America and Europe, Timothy Jones is rapidly emerging as one of the leading bass-baritones of his generation. His eagerly anticipated performances combine intelligent musicianship, commanding vocal technique and a unique ability to connect with audiences. He is a champion of opera, the concert stage, chamber music, solo recitals and the premieres of contemporary works.
In the 2006-2007 season Mr. Jones sings 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, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Jacksonville Symphony, the St. John Passion with the Florida Bach Festival, concerts at the Cactus Pear Festival, a gala concert with the Marshall Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Wichita Symphony, and performances at Michigan State University and the University of Houston.
In the 2005-2006 season Mr. Jones sang Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Cleveland Orchestra, Tippett’s A Child of our Time with the Dallas Symphony, 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.
The many highlights of Timothy Jones' 2004-2005 season included the title role of Don Giovanni with Ebony Opera with conductor Willie Waters, 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, 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 2003-2004 season Mr. Jones performed the 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 Vaughn Williams at the historical Smith College, Mozart's Requiem with the New Haven Symphony and the Wichita Symphony Orchestras, 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, Handel's Messiah with the San Antonio Symphony and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the combined forces of the University of Houston (Moores School of Music) and Rice University (Shepherd School of Music).
He was also featured on programs with the Cactus Pear Music Festival with Jeffrey Sykes, piano, Texas Bach Choir with Daniel Long, harpsichord, Ars Lyrica with Matthew Dirst, harpsichord, Musical Bridges Around the World with Anya Grokhovsky and Elena Nogaeza, piano and The Olmos Ensemble with Warren Jones, piano. In past seasons, Jones has appeared in productions with the Michigan Opera Theater, the Lake George Opera Festival, Opera Idaho, the Shreveport Opera, Opera Southwest, the Pensacola Opera and the San Antonio Lyric Opera. He has performed leading roles in Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, Madam Butterfly, La Boheme, Falstaff, Macbeth and La Traviata. His English repertoire includes Porgy and Bess, Four Saints in Three Acts, The Old Maid and the Thief, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Owen Wingrave. In French and German opera, Jones has performed leading roles in Carmen, La Damnation de Faust, Romeo et Juliette, Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, Die Zauberflöte, Hansel and Gretel, and Die Fledermaus. Jones' versatility as a performer has also made him a favorite on the recital stage. He made his New York debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in February 2000. His performances have taken him as far as the Pacific Northwest, the Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico, Ecuador, and Canada. He has appeared at the Victoria Bach Festival, the New Texas Festival, the Round Top Music Festival, and the Cactus Pear Music Festival. He has also been heard on National Public Radio's Performance Today. He frequently collaborates with pianists Brian Connelly, Craig Hella Johnson, Jeffery Sykes, Mark Alexander, and Howard Watkins. A favorite of contemporary composers, Timothy Jones has commissioned and premiered numerous compositions. Works have been composed for him by Robert Avalon, James Balentine, Derek Bermel, Laura Carmichael, John Vasconcelos Costa, Ellwood Derr, Jeffrey Goldberg, David Heuser, Jeffrey Nytch, Doug Opel, and Joe Stuessy. His most recent recording project took him to Sweden for a program of art songs. Jones is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana.