David A. Jones

Composer, Performer

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David A. Jones (b. 1990) is a Houston-based composer and horn player originally from Olympia, Washington. His artistic style is centered on the elaboration and vitalization of ideas and gestures both musical and extra-musical. Many of his works explore the dynamic relationship between composer and performers through the use of aleatoric and improvisatory techniques. He names composers such as Stravinsky, Lutoslawski, Hindemith, Feldman, Morton Lauridsen, Stephen Hartke, and Claude Debussy as some of the primary influences on his music. Jones's oeuvre includes works for orchestra, wind band, string quartet, brass quintet, percussion ensemble, choir, and a variety of other ensembles.

This year, Jones has been invited to collaborate with the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance at Rice University to compose a new chamber work on the theme of religious tolerance. Jones has also received a Barlow Commission to write a new work for the Prismatic Winds, the faculty wind quintet at Brigham Young University-Idaho. In 2016, Jones participated in the American Composers Orchestra's Earshot program, culminating in a public reading of his work, Aspen, by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Other awards include the Barlow Student Composition Award in 2015, multiple prizes in the Vera Hinckley Mayhew Creative Arts Contests, and Vox Novus's "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" call for scores in 2014 with the Nautilus Brass Quintet. His works have been premiered and performed by numerous ensembles, including the BYU Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Hexnut, the BYU-Idaho Symphony Band, and the RixStix Percussion Ensemble.

Jones is currently studying for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he lives with his wife and 2-year-old son. David holds degrees from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho. His primary instructors include Richard Lavenda, Steve Ricks, Sam L. Richards, Christian Asplund, and Darrell Brown.