Edward E. Jones
Edward Elwyn Jones is the seventh Gund University Organist and Choirmaster
in The Memorial Church, Harvard University, where he directs the University Choir in
daily and Sunday services. In the spring of 2004 he directed a semi-staged performance of
Handel’s Solomon in collaboration with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, and in
June he led a successful choir tour to Montreal, Canada. In addition, Mr. Jones conducts
the annual Christmas carol service, the oldest of its kind in the United States.
A native of Wales, Mr. Jones studied music at Cambridge University, where he was
Organ Scholar of Emmanuel College, and the conductor of three university orchestras.
He moved to the United States in 1998, serving firstly as Organ Scholar and then as
Assistant Organist in The Memorial Church at Harvard. During this time he also
directed several operas for the Harvard Early Music Society, including Monteverdi’s
L’incoronazione di Poppea and Cavalli’s Giasone. From 2000–2003 Mr. Jones was the
Assistant Organist of Christ Church United Methodist on Park Avenue in New York
City, while pursuing a master’s degree in orchestral conducting at The Mannes College
of Music. Upon graduation he was awarded the Felix Salzer Memorial Award, and the
following year he worked as Assistant Conductor for The Mannes Opera. Mr. Jones has
conducted performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di
Poppea in the Reykjavic Summer Opera Festival, Iceland, and this spring will lead a
production of Don Giovanni in Lowell House.