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, Dr. Jones 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. Dr. Jones 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 like Louis Lane, Gustav Meier, Kirk Trevor, Donald Portnoy, Timothy Perry, Kenneth Kiesler, and Gary Lewis. As a guest conductor Dr. Jones 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.
Dr. Jones has conducted youth, university and professional orchestras throughout this country and abroad. He has been accepted to prestigious conducting programs like the Tanglewood Music Festival (auditor), the Conductors Institute in South Carolina (fellow), and the Leiston Abbey Conducting Masterclass in England (fellow).
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. The performances were primarily viewed by young Italian grade school students and benefited the Meyers Children Hospital in Florence, Italy.
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.
On April 16, 2015, Dr. Jones released his latest project entitled, Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad. This monograph is the first authorized full-length biography of the first African American conductor to the lead the New York Philharmonic in 1941.
Dr. Jones has received outstanding reviews on his book from some of the leading African American classical musicians in the world and has been featured on local and national radio and TV shows, like the “Tavis Smiley on PBS” show.
In addition to his duties as Assistant Conductor of the Broward Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Jones is on the conducting faculty with the Florida Youth Orchestra, and Director of Orchestral and Choral Studies at Westglades Middle School in Parkland, Florida. He also serves as an adjudicator and clinician for Festival Disney in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Jones resides in Miramar, Florida with his wife, Felicia Ford Jones, and their daughter, Gloria Madysen Jones.