Ann Howard Jones is professor of music and director of choral activities at Boston University. She conducts the Symphonic and Chamber Choruses, supervises conducting students in the Concert Chorus and the Women’s Chorale, teaches graduate choral conducting, and administers the MM and DMA programs in Choral Conducting. Dr. Jones is also the conductor of the BU Tanglewood Institute Young Artists’ Vocal Program Chorus, an auditioned ensemble of high school singers who rehearse and perform at Tanglewood in the summer.
Recognized as a distinguished clinician, adjudicator, teacher and conductor, she has led many all-state and regional choruses, workshops and masterclasses in the U.S., Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. She has been invited to teach and conduct at North Texas, Michigan State, Missouri, the University of Miami, San Diego State, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Southern Methodist University, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, the University of Kentucky and the University of New Mexico.
From 1984 to 1998, Dr. Jones was the assistant conductor to the late Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony choruses, where she was the assistant conductor for choruses, sang in the alto section, assisted with the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers and helped to organize the Robert Shaw Institute. She sang and recorded with the Festival Singers both in France and in the U.S. The Festival Singers were also represented in performances of major works for chorus and orchestra at Carnegie Hall in a series of performance workshops. After Shaw’s death in 1999, Jones was invited to conduct the Robert Shaw Tribute Singers for the American Choral Directors Association conferences in San Antonio and Orlando.
Choruses at Boston University have been invited to appear at conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in Boston and New York City. Jones has traveled with a group of BU graduate students to Padua and Venice, Italy, to perform and to study. A similar trip was made to Oslo and Bergen, Norway. In the spring of 2009, the graduate conducting students joined Jones at the national convention of ACDA in Oklahoma City, where she was invited to prepare and conduct the world premiere of a work by Dominick Argento. The conductors sang in the chorus and assisted in the preparations for the performance.
Among the honors that Jones has received are the coveted Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching from Boston University, a Fulbright professorship to Brazil, and a lectureship for the Lily Foundation. At the National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in 2011, she was named the recipient of the Robert Shaw Choral Award for distinguished service to the profession, the highest award given by the association.
Ann Howard Jones is a native of Iowa, and her degrees are from the University of Iowa.