Dr. Rufus Jones Jr. began his formal training as an orchestral conductor at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, he continued his formal training as a Clifford D. Clarke Graduate Fellow at the State University of New York in Binghamton where he received a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting. He completed his formal training at Texas Tech University where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting.
Dr. Jones has studied with internationally recognized conductors Louis Lane, Gustav Meier, Kirk Trevor, Donald Portnoy, Timothy Perry, Kenneth Kiesler, and Gary Lewis. As a guest conductor, he has appeared with the Utah Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Siena Chamber Orchestra, Detroit Youth Symphony, Omaha Area Youth Symphony, Binghamton Youth Symphony, and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, to name a few. He has conducted youth, university, and professional orchestras throughout the U.S. and abroad.In 2007, Dr. Jones was invited to perform at the famed Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Teatro in Florence, Italy. While in Florence, he conducted seven performances of the contemporary ballet, On the Day You Were Born by American composer, Steven Heitzig.
Dr, Jones is a former assistant conductor of the Broward Symphony Orchestra and current chorus director at Hallandale High. He also serves as an adjudicator and clinician for Festival Disney in Orlando.
In addition to his commitment to teaching and conducting, Dr. Jones is an accomplished scholar and published author. His research has focused on African American classical musicians. He has written extensively on the music of William Grant Still. In 2009, his three-volume edition, The Collected Folk Suites of William Grant Still was published and featured at the Inaugural William Grant Still Tribute Conference in Natchez, Mississippi.
Dr. Jones resides in Miramar, Florida with his wife, Felicia Ford Jones, and their daughter, Gloria Madysen Jones.