Paul S. Jones is an Alliance Council Member and Music Director of historic Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he conducts several choirs, a chamber orchestra, and oversees the extensive music program. He is also founder/artistic director of the Tenth Concert Series. He serves on the board of the Church Music National Conference and committees of The Huguenot Fellowship and City Center Academy. Previously he was conductor, associate professor, and academic chair of the music department at Philadelphia Biblical University.
Born in New Brunswick, Canada, Jones' earliest musical training began at the age of five, in the Toronto and Western Ontario conservatory programs. He holds undergraduate degrees in music and Bible from Philadelphia Biblical University and a master's degree in piano performance from Indiana University where he was a student of the renowned pedagogue, Menahem Pressler. He was awarded the Doctor of Music degree in conducting from Indiana where he was a doctoral fellow. Major teachers include Thomas Dunn, Jan Harrington and Robert Porco (conducting); Samuel Hsu, Martin Canin, Edward Auer, and Menahem Pressler (piano); Roy Brunner and Robert Carwithen (organ); Alan Bennett (voice) and Josef Gingold (chamber music).
As a church musician, Dr. Jones has composed/arranged more than 70 sacred works including a book of hymns with James Boice entitled Hymns for a Modern Reformation. He has also written hymns with Eric Alexander, Philip Ryken, George Robertson, Derek Thomas, and Richard Wolling. He is president of Paul Jones Music, Inc., a corporation with nine composers who seek to provide new music for the twentieth-century church. He has recorded six compact discs as pianist, organist, conductor and composer-arranger.
Dr. Jones is also a frequent musician, clinician and speaker at music and theology conferences throughout the United States including the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, Ligonier Ministries National Conferences, Great Lakes Bible Conference, the Alliance's National Pastors conferences, and Church Music Explosion at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Ft. Lauderdale. He has spoken or lectured at Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis; Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia; and Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington. He has authored numerous articles and chapters on hymnody and church music, and his book, Singing and Making Music: Issues in Church Music Today, will be published by P&R in 2006.
As a conductor Jones has led the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Tenth Chamber Players, and the PBU Symphony Orchestra in such venues as the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. He has collaborated in concert performances with Metropolitan opera stars Sharon Sweet, soprano; Jerome Hines, bass; Robert MacFarland, baritone; and Stuart Neill, tenor with whom he recorded a disc of sacred songs. He has performed much of the duo piano repertoire in concert with pianist, Samuel Hsu.