Edward Elwyn Jones

Edward Elwyn Jones enjoys a growing career in the operatic, orchestral and choral genres as conductor, organist and choirmaster. As the Gund University Organist and Choirmaster at Harvard University, a post he has held since 2003, Mr. Jones directs the music program in Memorial Church, located in the midst of Harvard Yard, and leads the 180-year old Harvard University Choir in its daily choral services, broadcasts, tours, commissions, and recordings. Mr. Jones also serves as Music Director of Lowell House Opera, New England’s longest-running opera company, Music Director of the Harvard Radcliffe Chorus, and is a frequent collaborator with Yale’s Schola Cantorum. As a conductor, he has guested with such organizations as Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Grand Harmonie, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Boston Camerata, Emmanuel Music (Boston), Longwood Symphony Orchestra and the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, and led opera productions with Iceland’s Reykjavic Summer Opera Festival, Opera Boston, Lowell House Opera, Harvard Early Music Society, and Mannes Opera, among others.

Recent guest conducting includes the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Handel and Haydn Society, and Emmanuel Music. Previous posts include serving as Music Director for Intermezzo Opera (2011-2014), Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master of Opera Boston (2006- 2011), Music Director, Reykjavic Summer Opera Festival (2002-03), Assistant Organist of Christ Church United Methodist on Park Avenue in New York City (2000-2003) and Chorus master and Assistant Conductor of the New York based Regina Opera Company (2001-03). Mr. Jones has also worked with William Christie, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan, and Gil Rose.

An accomplished organist, Mr. Jones also plays the organ for Harvard University services and events. In addition to performances, during his time at Harvard Mr. Jones has overseen the publication of a new university hymnal, the installation of two new pipe organs in the Memorial Church, and has commissioned works from some of America’s most prominent contemporary composers, including Daniel Pinkham, Alice Parker, and David Conte, and the Harvard University Choir’s latest CD is Spring Bursts Today: A Celebration of Eastertide.

A native of Wales, Edward Jones studied music at Cambridge University, where he was Organ Scholar of Emmanuel College, and served as conductor of three university orchestras. He received his Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from Mannes College of Music in New York City, where he was the recipient of the Felix Salzer Memorial Award.

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Mozart’s Il re pastore – Harvard Radcliffe Chorus
“The orchestra was tight and energetic, with Grand Harmonie’s period winds — wooden flutes, valveless brass, tangy reeds — providing especially brisk colors. (Where modern horns might smooth out harmonies, the four natural horns injected ear-opening fizz and funk.) Directing from the fortepiano, conductor Edward Elwyn Jones garnished the overall brisk pace with enough lilt to keep the phrases airborne.”— Matthew Guerrieri, The Boston Globe

“Edward Elwyn Jones, Music Director of the Harvard Radcliffe Chorus and organist and choirmaster at Harvard’s Memorial Church, assembled a stellar ensemble consisting of five remarkable singers and the excellent players of the period ensemble Grand Harmonie in a concert performance of Mozart’s Il re pastore (The Shepherd King)…” — Virginia Newes, The Boston Music Intelligencer

Britten’s The Prodigal Son – Intermezzo Opera
“The orchestra under Edward Jones was pointed and poignant.”— Jeffrey Gantz, The Boston Globe

Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem – BMOP and Harvard Radcliffe Chorus
“On Sunday, May 3rd, the Harvard Radcliffe chorus and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, conducted by the chorus’s regular director Edward Elwyn Jones, offered a short program of two choral works to texts by Walt Whitman, the preeminent poet of the Civil War.

Edward Elwyn Jones marshaled the choral and orchestral forces, with two fine soloists, into a splendid and moving event.(Vaughan Williams’s Dona nobis pacem)” — Steven Ledbetter, Boston Music Intelligencer

C.P.E. Bach’s Die Israeliten in der Wüste – Harvard University Choir
The Israelites in the Wilderness [Die Israeliten in der Wüste] is about extreme people in extreme circumstances, who wander with no water or food until Moses strikes a rock, whence flows water.

…This performance, by the Harvard University Choir under Jones with soloists Amanda Forsythe, Jessica Petrus, Jonas Budris, and David McFerrin, the Harvard Baroque Orchestra and Grand Harmonie, was beautiful and most engaging.” — Letitia Stevens, Boston Music Intelligencer

Handel’s Athalia – Harvard Memorial Church
“…it is [Handel’s] Athalia (1733) that is generally considered to be the first great English Oratorio. The work played at Harvard’s Memorial Church under the vivid direction of Edward Elwyn Jones on Friday evening.

It is hard to imagine better advocates for the piece than Jones and his assembled forces.

…The expert continuo group was comprised of Jones (at the harpsichord), Carrai, Thomas Sheehan (organ and harpsichord), Sally Merriman (bassoon) and Benjamin Rechel, bass.

Credit goes to Jones for programing this rarity, assembling a superb cast, orchestra and chorus and presiding over marvelously detailed execution with a clear sense of architecture.” — Michael Beattie, Boston Music Intelligencer

Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice– Grand Harmonie
“Jones kept the proceedings moving without ever pressing, and Grand Harmonie made some spectacular sounds: from string ensemble work that was fragile and glassy to period wind hell-music that got a little imprecise, but was gratifyingly raunchy. And it bears repeating that the Harvard University Choir sang with such tonal polish and personality that they were missed when they went quiet.” (WILLIBALD, Orfeo ed Euridice)— Brian Schuth, An Orphic Christoph Willibald at Mem Church

Handel’s Alexander Feast –Harvard Radcliffe Chorus
“The whole evening was presided over at the harpsichord by the musically and obviously skilled conductor Edward Elwyn Jones. He has become a major player in the Boston/Cambridge musical scene over recent years and every good thing one has heard about him seems to be true.” (HANDEL Alexander’s Feast, Harvard/Ratcliffe Chorus, Sanders Theatre) — Donald Teeters, Boston Music Intelligencer