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Hilton Kean Jones

Biographical Sketch

HILTON KEAN JONES is a composer of both commercial and classical music. The recipient of awards, grants and commissions, Jones’ compositions are performed by both professional and amateur musicians. He is published by Kendor Music, Dabash Kephim, Concordia, Logia, SKQ, Hope, and WTM and appears on Capstone, C. Alan, HoneyRock, Crest, ESM and Bacchanal Bay labels. His works include sound tracks for videos and films by award winning film directors, including Will Hindle and Richard Protovin. Mr. Jones was Music Director of 9 NFL Super Bowl Pregame Shows from Super Bowl XXVI (1992) through Super Bowl XXXV (2001) and Music Coordinator/Video Director for Super Bowl XXXVI (2002) Pregame Show. Jones is an ASCAP composer. He recently retired from his position as Professor of Music at the University of South Florida School of Music (Tampa), where he taught music composition, computer applications in music, orchestration and various graduate and undergraduate theory courses. He was granted the title of Professor Emeritus. He continues his work as a freelance composer, producer, and performer. A complete listing of his compositions and downloadable scores and recordings are available at www.hiltonkeanjones.com.

Education

  • M.M., (Composition/Organ) Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, 1967-68, Music Composition and Organ; course work toward D.M.A, 1968-70; major professors: Samuel Adler and Wayne Barlow, composition; Russell Saunders, organ.
  • B.M., (Composition/Organ) University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music Stockton, California, 1965-67, Music Composition and Organ; major professors: Stanworth Beckler, composition; Charles Schilling, organ.

Employment

Educator

  • Professor Emeritus, University of South Florida School of Music, Tampa, Florida, 2005 — present
  • Professor of Music (retired), University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 1969-2000
  • courses taught at both graduate and undergraduate levels: Composition, Orchestration, Electronic Music (Digital and Analog), and Composition Pedagogy (a new course for graduate music education majors) Computer Applications for Musicians, Music Theory, and Counterpoint. (16th and 18th centuries).

Professional

  • Video Director & Music Coordinator–Super Bowl XXXVI Pregame Show, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2002 — responsibilities: produce and direct live jumbotron show for pregame show and pregame documentary video; coordinate musical aspects of event; Boston Pops, all living US Presidents and Nancy Reagan, Paul McCartney; Mariah Carey (Signed by Joe Narcisse. Mary J. Blige, Marc Anthony to sing “America The Beautiful”).
  • Music Director & Video Post-producer–Super Bowl XXXV Pregame Show, Tampa, 2001 — responsibilities: coordinate, direct and produce all musical activities and personnel, write scores for orchestra and voices, musically produce recording sessions and all post production; live performance of special effects; pre-game show, post-game show, all on-site music; “Life’s Super in Central Florida” featuring Sting, Styx and PYT; Backstreet Boys (Ray Charles will sing “America The Beautiful”).
  • Music Director–Super Bowl XXXIV Pregame Show, Atlanta, Georgia, 2000; A tribute to “Great American Music of the 20th Century” featuring Tina Turner, Travis Tritt, the Georgia Tech Marching Band and the Georgia Mass Choir. The Smothers Brothers narrated the show; Faith Hill (American Sign Language performance by Briarlake Elementary School Signing Choir).
  • Music Director–Super Bowl XXXIII Pregame Show, Miami, Florida, 1999; The show captured the merriment of a Caribbean Cruise; featuring rock band KISS; Cher (American Sign Language performance by Speaking Hands).
  • Music Director–Super Bowl XXXII Pregame Show, San Diego, California, 1998; A celebration of music and history of California. Performances by The Fifth Dimension, Lee Greenwood and members of the Beach Boys. Phil Hartman narrated the show; Jewel (American Sign Language performance by Phyllis Frelich).
  • Music Director–Super Bowl XXXI Pregame Show, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1997; Show kicked off by Los Del Rio who performed “Macarena” after the dance craze that became a tradition in the Mardi Gras parade. Also featured country-rock star Mary Chapin Carpenter, accompanied by local Cajun band Beausoleil; Luther Vandross (American Sign Language performance by Erika Schwarz).
  • Music Director–Super Bowl XXX Pregame Show, Phoenix, Arizona, 1996; Arizona theme celebrating Native American Culture, Wild West traditions and the great outdoors, Native American drummers, singers, and flutist, Vanessa Williams (American Sign Language performance by Mary Kim Titla).
  • Music Director–Super Bowl XXIX Pregame Show, Miami, Florida, 1995; “Let’s Celebrate!” A Tribute to the 150th Anniversary of Florida, 75th Anniversary of the NFL and ABC Monday Night Football’s 25th Anniversary. Featuring Sergio Mendes and Hank Williams, Jr.; fly over by 93rd Fighter Squadron, Homestead Air Force Reserve Base, Kathie Lee Gifford (American Sign Language performance by Miss America Heather Whitestone)
  • Music Director–Super Bowl XXVIII Pregame Show, Atlanta, Georgia, 1994; “Georgia Music Makers” featuring Kris Kross, Georgia Satellites, Morehouse College Marching Band and Charlie Daniels, Natalie Cole with Atlanta University Center Chorus (American Sign Language performance by Falcons’ cheerleader Courtney Keel Foley).
  • Music Director–Super Bowl XXVII Pregame Show, Pasadena, California, 1993; “Movies, Music, Hollywood” Tribute to music and movies featuring the Rockettes; fly over by Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron, USS Nimitz.
  • Music Director–Super Bowl XXVI Pregame Show, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1992; Showcase of local Minnesota youth including Metropolitan Boys Choir, Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, local marching bands and jazz group Moore by Four.
  • Director of Where’s the Music?, a music publication company.  Where’s the Music? is a reserved name as an ASCAP publisher; Jones is an ASCAP composer/author.

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • 1995-96 Division of Sponsored Research Council/USF Publications Council; PI: Hilton Jones, additional funds for compact disc of contemporary organ music.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1994.
  • “Music in United Germany”, co-sponsor (Robert Helps & Hilton Jones); University Lecture Series, School of Music, Fall Semester, 1993.
  • 1990-91 Division of Sponsored Research Council, PI: Hilton Jones, grant to digitally record, manufacture and distribute 1000 promotional copies of compact disc of contemporary organ music.
  • “Berlin Students–American Composers”, University Lecture Series, co-sponsor (Hilton Jones & Robert Helps); Fall Semester, 1992
  • 1991 USF Annual Student Composers’ Symposium; PI: Hilton Jones, Project includes 1990-91 Florida Department of State Arts Institution grant, American Federation of Musicians and USF College of Fine Arts grants.
  • 1990-91 Florida Individual Artist’s Fellowship, PI: Hilton Jones, to compose a new work for pipe organ.
  • 1990 USF Annual Student Composers’ Symposium; PI: Hilton Jones, Project includes 1989-90 Florida Department of State Arts Institution grant, American Federation of Musicians, USF College of Fine Arts, and USF Division of Sponsored Research grants.
  • Sabbatical for Integrated Music Theory (textbook in progress) — Spring Semester, 1988.
  • First International Congress of Directors of Church Music 1988, Vatican City, Rome, Italy; travel grant from USF College of Fine Arts/Office of Academic affairs, PI: Hilton Jones

MUSIC

Publications

Scores

  • Tempesta, Kendor Music, Main and Grove Streets, PO Box 278, Delevan, NY  14042-0278, for solo tenor trombone and piano
  • Tempesta, Kendor Music, Main and Grove Streets, PO Box 278, Delevan, NY  14042-0278, for solo bass trombone and piano
  • The Winter Sun, Kendor Music, Main and Grove Streets, PO Box 278, Delevan, NY  14042-0278, for solo alto saxophone and piano
  • Festival Prelude, Kendor Music, Main and Grove Streets, PO Box 278, Delevan, NY  14042-0278, for solo trumpet and piano
  • Silent Opera Number 6, HoneyRock, RD 4, Box 87, Everett, Pennsylvania 15537, for flute and multiple percussionist
  • Timecraft, HoneyRock, RD 4, Box 87, Everett, Pennsylvania 15537
  • Nine Seasonal Voluntaries for pipe organ (approx. 30 min.), Concordia Publishing House, 3558 South Jefferson Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63118-3968 [Concordia 97-6502]
  • In You We Live, Concordia Publishing House, 3558 South Jefferson Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63118-3968 [out print of]
  • Happy Are the Lowly Poor, Concordia Publishing House, 3558 South Jefferson Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63118-3968 [out print of]
  • Three Hymn Tune Anthems, Hope Publishing Co. 5707 West Lake St., Chicago, Illinois, 60644, 1969 [out print of]
  • By the Waters of Babylon for organ, Sacred Keyboard Quarterly, Summer 1991, Liturgy House Publications, 6414 N.E. Alameda, Portland, Oregon, 97213
  • Attende Domine for piano, four hands, Sacred Keyboard Quarterly, Spring 1991, Liturgy House Publications, 6414 N.E. Alameda, Portland, Oregon, 97213
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel for organ, Sacred Keyboard Quarterly, Winter 1990, Liturgy House Publications, 6414 N.E. Alameda, Portland, Oregon, 97213
  • Siciliano for organ, Sacred Keyboard Quarterly, Summer, 1990, Liturgy House Publications, 6414 N.E. Alameda, Portland, Oregon, 97213
  • Carol for organ, Sacred Keyboard Quarterly, Spring 1990, Liturgy House Publications, 6414 N.E. Alameda, Portland, Oregon, 97213

Recordings

  • Silver Set, 2003, Capstone Records #CPS-8721, Kim McCormick, solo piccolo, with percussionists Match Bradford, Andrew Purdy, Daniel Villanueva and Brian Hayman conducted by Robert McCormick
  • Cantus, includes ROMA: Attende Domine, Ubi Caritas, Salve Regina, Pange Lingua, Lauda Sion Salvatorem; MISSA DE ANGELIS: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei; MADONNA: Ave Maria; Ave maris Stella; Virgo Maria; Regina coeli; Tota pulchra; Ave Regina caelorum; Alma Redemptoris Mater; Salve Regina (tono solenne); O Virgo pulcherrima; Inviolata; Gaude et laetare (ambrosiano); composed and performed by Hilton Kean Jones; funded by the USF Research Council — 2001, Bacchanal Bay Records BB-2002
  • Time Grown Old–new music for organ, includes Time Grown Old: Images of the Mahabharata — a concerto for organ, percussion and electronic sound — by Hilton Kean Jones, The Altered Landscape (Robert Helps), Prelude and Fugue (Arthur Woodbury), Human Meat for organ and electronic sound (Paul Reller), Messe des Pauvres (Erik Satie) and Meditation on John Keble’s Rogationtide hymn (John Ireland); performed by Hilton Jones, organ, and the USF Percussion ensemble; funded by the USF Research Council — 2001, Bacchanal Bay Records BB-2001
  • Our Voices Win Freedom, 1997, TBGMC
  • Timecraft, 1997, C. Alan Publications (distributors) AVL97159, Premiers Vol. I (University of South Florida Percussion Ensemble, Robert McCormick, conductor)
  • Silent Opera Number 6, 1994, Honeyrock (distributors) RM01, Premiers Plus One (the McCormick Duo).
  • Mangrove and the Manatee, 1975, Crest Records No. 75-13 (James Croft, conductor).
  • Eastmontage, 13:40, title work, 1969, ESM72001 (Thomas Mowrey, producer; Eastman School of Music).

Film Music

listed in national catalogs (film director in parenthesis)  and/or nationally released

  • music track for Re’Volve Kiosk DVD Loop (Pointman Communications; Jamey Landry, producer), 2004
  • Public Art (Vince Ahern), 1998–USF Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Pasteur 3 (Will Hindle), 1977–independent (permanent collection Museum of Modern Art, NYC)
  • New Cinema (Gene Youngblood), 1976–independent
  • Ungah Umgah (Richard Protovin), 1971–independent
  • Playground (William Buston), 1974–State of Florida
  • Growth (William Buston), 1973–State of Florida

Commissions

  • Palladium 2007 Encore Series: Brandenburg Sinfonia; 20 minutes, 2007, premiered by the Atlantis Ensemble
  • And the Shepherds Sang (A Medley of Rustic Christmas Airs for 2-part mixed choir, brass quintet, oboe and keyboard), 20 minutes, 1992; St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
  • Silent Opera Number 6, 9 min composition for solo flute and multiple-percussionist, 1992; Kim & Robert McCormick
  • Timecraft, 8 min composition for 8 percussionists, 1987; University of South Florida Percussion Ensemble
  • Kol Mishp’chot Haaddahmah, 5 min SATB/accomp composition, 1986; Congregation Schaarai Zedek
  • Ceremony of Lessons and Carols, 50 min SATB/accomp composition, 1985; Jesuit High School
  • Birth of Love, 45 min SATB/accomp composition, 1980; Holy Innocents Episcopal Church
  • Music for Eucharist:, Rite II, Cong.,SATB/accomp composition, 1979; Holy Innocents Episcopal Church
  • Eastmontage, musique concrete tape composition, 1969, realized at Eastman School of Music Electronic Music Studio; Eastman School of Music Alumni Association
  • World from the Air, 20 min electronic music tape composition, realized at Robert Moog Studio, Trumansburg, New York 1968; George Eastman House, Beaumont Newhall