George J. Jones
George Jan Jones is the Production Manager of Voices of Ascension. Jones has been performing and conducting in the New York music community for 40 years. Jones has a wide repertory and rich experience acting as conductor and music director for professional, community, and specialized ensembles. With a performance career that includes performing with the Voices of Ascension, Musica Sacra, New York Philharmonic, and New York Choral Artists, Jones applies his concert career to his conducting and teaching, focusing mainly on community and church choirs. He currently serves as the conductor and music director of Pfizer Choraliers, where he leads choral performances in corporate and sacred venues as well as productions at health rehabilitation centers and long term nursing care facilities such as the Mary Manning Walsh Home, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and other important community venues.
He has conducted, coordinated, and designed programs for a diverse range of musicians, ranging from professional to community groups, informing his teaching methodology and rehearsal and concert design. Due to his experiences from his own performance career with diverse roles from classical, sacred performance settings to singing cabaret and show tunes, he is familiar with a wide range of musical styles and can accommodate the needs of older adults and their community. Jones has arranged music for and conducted performances at NY Party Singers Showcase, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, CAL (Choir at Large), where he led musical groups in a versatile repertoire. His work with community choirs also encouraged his exploration and use of music from other cultures to provide a broad, varied selection for his students and choir members. He has held production and logistic positions at Voices of Ascension, NYU Alberto Vilar Fellows in the Performing Arts, and La Mama, providing him with ample experience in concert planning and production. He studied at Oberlin Conservatory, Blossom Music School, and the Firestone Conservatory for voice and conducting, and studied John Bullock, Johnny Mercer, and Johnny Martone. His versatile repertoire includes secular and sacred music from classical choral music as well as music from Broadway, jazz, and pop music.