Jones, Mark C.

Mark C. Jones is a native of Asheville, North Carolina, where he studied organ with Dr. Marilyn Keiser and with Donna Robertson at nearby Mars Hill College. Additional coaching or private study has been with notables Dame Gillian Weir, Dr. Gerre Hancock, Dr. Steven Williams, Dr. David Craighead, Frederick Swan, Todd Wilson, Martin Jean and Dr. Alec Wyton. Jones currently oversees a comprehensive music department for a large church and school as Director of Music and Organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach, Florida, known as The Pink Church (www.pinkpres.org), where he also administrates one of South Florida's major concert venues, the Spire Series. His former posts include: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Pompano Beach, FL; First Presbyterian, Newton, NC; and historic Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Asheville.

A frequent South Florida performer as recitalist, accompanist or as an adjudicator or composer, Jones has appeared with the Florida Philharmonic, the Boca Pops, the New World Symphony, the Lynn University Conservatory Orchestra, the Young Artists Chamber Orchestra, the Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony and the Miami Bach Society as well as solo performances in churches, and in collaborations with chamber groups and area choruses, including the Florida Philharmonic Chorus, the Master Chorale of South Florida, the Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches, and the Ft. Lauderdale Christian Chorale. He also performs with virtuoso saxophonist Andrea Gilbert in their duo "Classical Sax." Jones arranges music for organ and brass and has performed with the Dallas Brass, the Avatar Brass, the Empire Brass, the Lynn Conservatory Brass and the Eastman Brass. Jones has performed extensively on many famous and historic instruments across Europe, Scandinavia and Russia in collaborations with the Gold Coast Ringers and the Treasure Coast Ringers.

Jones' organ preludes have been performed widely across the US and in Europe and have been broadcast on National Public Radio's "Pipedreams". His Three Lenten Hymn Meditations, published by Morningstar Music Publishers have been recorded by Dr. Marilyn Keiser on her CDs "Spiritual Pairs" (Pro Organo) and "Centennial Flourishes," (Organ Historical Society) recorded on the Harrison and Harrison organ at St. James Church, Hendersonville, NC. Jones' Trumpet Tune in D (published by Randall Egan) is recorded by organist Lucia Clemente-Falco on the "Great Organs of Worcester" CD. Additional compositions by Mark Jones are available from Morningstar Music Publishers, Randall Egan Music Company, Colla Voce Music, and from the composer.

In 2006, Mark Jones was appointed principal accompanist for the von Trapp Children, the remarkably gifted great-grandchildren of the singing family made famous by the Rodgers and Hammerstein movie The Sound of Music. Jones' solo appearances and concerts with the von Trapps in recent seasons have included performances in Montana, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Colorado, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Texas, the Philippines, Canada, South Korea, and Great Britain. Jones' television appearances have included live broadcasts on Good Morning Asia and on The Joy of Music with Diane Bish.

Jones' early 2010 solo recitals are scheduled for the Episcopal Church of Bethesda by the Sea in Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale’s Sunshine Cathedral, and the Porter Center for the Performing Arts in Brevard, North Carolina.

Apart from music, Mark is a classic car enthusiast with his award- winning antique Cadillac and a league pool player.

Organ music by Mark C. Jones

Vocal music by Mark C. Jones