Guest Director, Art of Song
Baritone Evan Thomas Jones has established a reputation of excellence in both performing and teaching. Dr. Jones is on the faculty of Florida State University. Dr. Jones enjoys a diverse performing career in concert, opera, and musical theatre. He has performed with the Tanglewood Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Opera Memphis, Opera Naples, Berkshire Opera Company, Compañía Lírica Nacional de Costa Rica, the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Memphis and Helena Symphonies. An active performer of new works, he was the soloist on the premiere recording of Randol Bass’ Passage Into Spirit, and for the premiere performance and Naxos label recording of Dohnányi’s Orchesterlieder with the FSU Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, Dr. Jones won an “Emerging Leader” award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing as one of the nation’s most promising young teachers. His current and former students have won awards at competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and have performed in major opera houses, on national equity tours and Broadway, and in television and film. A proud FSU alum, Dr. Jones previously served on the voice faculty of the University of Memphis. He received his Doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, where he was rewarded for excellence in both performing and teaching by winning first place in the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition and as the first recipient of the William McIver Memorial Award in teaching. He previously served as a district director for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and is a member of NATS, NAfME, and ACDA.