David A. Jones

Composer, Performer

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Dr. David A. Jones (b. 1990) is a composer and horn player based in Salem, Oregon. Through his music, Jones strives to highlight unknown stories and hidden details of our world. Many of his works engage with art and literature across disciplines. His music has been commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the Braeburn Brass, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Moody Center for the Arts, the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, and the BYU Chamber Orchestra. Jones has been awarded multiple grants from the Sviatoslav Richter Fund for Music Outreach and multiple prizes from the Vera Hinckley Mayhew Creative Arts Contests. He was a Susan and Ford Schumann Composition Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2021, and he participated in the American Composers Orchestra’s Earshot program in 2016 with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. His works have been premiered and performed by numerous ensembles, including the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, the Invoke Quartet, the Prismatic Winds at BYU-Idaho, the Xelana Duo, Ensemble Hexnut, the BYU-Idaho Symphony Band, and the RixStix Percussion Ensemble. Jones holds degrees from Rice University, Brigham Young University, and Brigham Young University-Idaho. His primary teachers include Art Gottschalk, Kurt Stallmann, Karim Al-Zand, Richard Lavenda, Steve Ricks, Sam L. Richards, Christian Asplund, Darrell Brown, and Jon Klein. Jones is an adjunct instructor of music theory and aural skills at Linfield University and Pacific University and a band director and horn instructor at Linn-Benton Community College. He is also a Tagalog (Filipino)-speaking member of the Translation Advisory Council for the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division.