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Ashton D. Jones

Ashton D. Jones, a proud native of Tulsa, OK, is a talented choral conductor and lyric baritone. Ashton has most recently appeared as a member and soloist with the Jason Max Ferdinand Singers on the "Live from London" Voces8 platform. As an opera singer, he has appeared as Monsieur Pandolf from Massenet's Cendrillon, Masetto from Mozart's Don Giovanni, and Bluff from Mozart's The Impresario, amongst other roles. Ashton has also performed with the Houston Ebony Opera Guild Chorus and Houston Symphony Grassroots Chorus. As an educator and music teacher, Ashton has taught private piano and voice lessons to children and adults of all ages. Mr. Jones has also taught high school and middle school choir. Jones currently serves as the Assistant Conductor and Coordinator of the COGIC Chorale, of the International Music Dept. of the Church of God in Christ, the Vocal Assistant at Olathe North High School, and the Artistic Director of the Voices of Hartford.

Professional Affiliations

Church of God in Christ (COGIC) - Member

Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA) – Member

National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) – Member

Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) – Member

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated – Member

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts, Vocal Performance (in progress)  May 2024

Conservatory for Music and Dance, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

 

Master of Music, Choral Conducting (in progress) May 2024

Conservatory for Music and Dance, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

 

Master of Music, Vocal Performance May 2021

Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY

 

B.A. Music, Vocal Performance Dec 2018

Texas Southern University, Houston, TX

Professional Experience

Vocal Assistant, Olathe North High School, Olathe, KS – 2021 – Current

  • Teach applied voice

  • Prepare students for district, regional and all state choir competitions

  • Serve as the primary instructor of voice, taking students to solo competitions

 

Artistic Director, Voices of Hartford, Hartford, CT. – 2021 – Current

  • Select standard and diverse repertoire

  • Teach and conduct the choir

  • Serve as one of many mentors to the singers

 

Assistant Coordinator, COGIC Chorale, Church of God in Christ Intl. Music Dept. 2021-

  • Assist with selecting appropriate songs for ministry at COGIC events

  • Assist with teaching predetermined songs to the choir

  • Serve as one of two conductors for the ensemble

  • Provide piano accompaniment for ensemble as needed

  • Prepare the ensemble for all national conferences.

 

Bass 1, Inaugural Member, Jason Max Ferdinand Singers – 2021- Current

  • Arrive to all scheduled venues with all music learned and memorized

Director of Choirs, Brazosport High School, Freeport Intermediate School - 2020 – 2021

  • Conducting varsity and non-varsity choirs

  • Teaching voice

  • Teaching sight-singing

  • Prepare students for U.I.L and TMEA All state competitions

  • Oversee budget and expenses needed to run program

 

Music Director/Organist, Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Rosharon, TX – 2020 – Current

  • Conduct choir rehearsals weekly

  • Conduct the Mass Choir

  • Accompany all services on piano or organ

 

Music Director, Union Baptist Church, Hartford, CT –2019-2020

  • Lead and conduct the Union Baptist Church Mass Choir

  • Accompany choirs and soloist on piano and organ as needed

  • Train and recruit both musicians and singers

 

Music Director/Organist, True Vine Church of God in Christ, Houston, TX – 2018-2019

Responsibilities

  • Served as the overall overseer of the Music Department. 

  • Accompany all scheduled services according to church calendar.

  • Train and implement organizational structure within the department. 

  • Program and plan events according to church calendar. 

Achievements

  • Increased number of choir members.

  • Implemented more diverse styles of worship.

Voice and Piano Instructor, In Home Music Teachers, Houston, TX – 2018-2019

  • Develop a syllabus and course structure.

  • Teach elementary and secondary music methods.

  • Travel to numerous parts of the city to students’ homes.

  • Provide method books and other related materials.

Church Accompanist, Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal Church, Houston, TX – 2017-2018

  • Attend and accompany all scheduled services. 

  • Overseen all band members and singers. 

  • Prepare prelude and postlude for each service. 

  • Assisted in event planning for the ministry. 

Bass-Baritone, Houston Citywide Grassroots Chorus –2016-2017

  • Arrive to all scheduled venues with all music learned and memorized

 

Bass-Baritone, Houston Ebony Opera Guild (HEOG), Houston TX –2014-2018

  • Arrive to all scheduled venues with all music learned and memorized

 

Academy Intern, Hampton Choir Directors’ & Organist Guild Workshop – June 2016

 

Organist, Northside Church of God in Christ, Tulsa, OK – 2013-2014

  • Attend weekly choir rehearsals

  • Accompany all services scheduled according to the church calendar.

 

Organist, St. Paul Trinity Church of God in Christ, Tulsa, OK – 2010-2013

  • Accompany all services scheduled according to the church calendar.

Performance Experience

Opera Roles

Pandolfe Cendrillon Manhattan School of Music 2020

Masetto Don Giovanni Varna Opera Academy 2017

Bluff The Impresario Texas Southern University 2016

 

Opera Scenes

Robert Margaret Garner Manhattan School of Music 2020

Chorus I Due Figaro Manhattan School of Music 2019

Chorus Il Trovatore Texas Southern University 2016

Porgy Porgy & Bess Texas Southern University 2016

Chorus Lucia Texas Southern University 2015

Mephistopheles Faust Texas Southern University 2015

 

Concerts

UMKC Choral Union Concert Soloist Kansas City, MO 2022

Jason Max Ferdinand Singers Soloist London, England (Virtual) 2021

Handel Operas Soloist Opera Singers Intl. Theatre 2021

Black History Program Soloist F.B.I. Chelsea Office, NYC 2020

Gods Trombones Soloist Union Baptist Church, CT 2019

Annual Men’s Day Soloist Trinity East UMC, TX 2018

French Orchestral Gala Soloist Varna Opera Academy 2017

TSU Fall Concert Soloist Texas Southern University 2017

Barbara Jordan Memorial Soloist Texas Southern University 2017

Wendall Whalum Recitals Series Soloist Hampton University, VA 2016

Protest Songs Soloist Texas Southern University 2016

Black History Program Soloist Texas Southern University 2016

Department Recital Soloist Texas Southern University 2015