Jones has devoted her professional life to making friends
for the organ, through Community Concerts, countless organ
dedications, children’s concerts, and "Access
to Music" programs. She has been widely acclaimed since
making her debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as the
only organist ever to win the prestigious G. B. Dealey award.
She has played in 47 states and 12 foreign countries.
Jones is the Joyce Oliver Bowden Professor of Organ and Organist
in Residence at Baylor University in Texas, which also named
her Outstanding Creative Artist. She earned the Doctor of
Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas and a Master
of Sacred Music degree in composition from Southwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary, which presented her with its Distinguished
Service Award in 1989. She has recorded for Word, Rosenhaus,
and Motette Records. She is a Fellow of the American Guild
of Organists and the composer of numerous published works,
including the organ method "King of Instruments."
1997, she received the National Federation of Music Clubs’ highest
award, a National Citation, "in recognition and sincere
appreciation of her unselfish devotion and dedicated service
to music as a concert organist, inspiring teacher and composer." In
1998, she received the highest award given by Mu Phi Epsilon,
professional music fraternity, as only the 8th recipient
of that prestigious award in 96 years. In 2001 she was inducted
into the Walter Gilewicz Hall of Fame at The University of
Mary Hardin-Baylor. In 2003, she received the Texas Music
Teachers Association award as the outstanding collegiate
teacher of the year. She was also the subject of a feature
article in the May 2003 issue of The American Organist magazine.
Jones’ numerous engagements include such venues as
the Riverside Church, the Mormon Tabernacle, Notre Dame Cathedral,
Chartres Cathedral, and the Meyerson Symphony Center. She
was the first woman to perform on the organ at the Crystal
Cathedral, the first organist to play for the Grand Teton
Music Festival, and the only woman organist chosen to play
with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra at the inauguration
of the Ruffatti organ in Davies Symphony Hall.
has been featured soloist at many regional and national conventions
of the American Guild of Organists, including the centennial
convention in New York City in 1996, for which The American
Organist magazine praised her playing as "vibrant
and elegant," with her pedal virtuosity acclaimed as "stunning." Of
her Worcester, Massachusetts concert in June, 1999, The
American Organist reported that "Her amazing technique
and depth of understanding through memorization brought the
crowd screaming to its feet."
she plays, she is committed to making friends for the organ. Wherever
she goes, she is committed to sharing her Christian testimony
music by Joyce Jones