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William Darryl Jones, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, earned the B.S.E.D. and M.M.E. degrees from Western Carolina University and the Ph.D. degree in Music Education from The Florida State University. Prior to his doctoral studies at Florida State, Dr. Jones served as chairman of the music department and choral director at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky. Following his doctoral studies, he was choral director at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida for twelve years. He was also choir director at Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee for fifteen years.
Dr. Jones is currently in his thirteenth year at McNeese State University where he directs the choral program and teaches Choral Conducting, Choral Literature, Elementary Music Methods and Secondary Choral Methods and Materials. He also conducts Concert Chorale, Chamber Singers and Men’s and Women’s Ensemble. Dr. Jones is the program coordinator for the K-12 vocal music education area.
Dr. Jones serves as the artistic director of the Louisiana Choral Foundation and conducts the Masterworks Chorale. He also conducts the Chancel Choir at University United Methodist Church since 2003. Dr. Jones has conducted Messiah (a university and community project) since 2001. His groups have performed with the Lake Charles Symphony on several projects including a commissioned work by Robert Kapilow to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase. Dr. Jones prepared the Louisiana Choral Foundation and McNeese Chamber Singers and conducted the Lake Charles Symphony’s production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana on the 2006-2007 season.
Under Dr. Jones’ direction, the McNeese State Chamber Singers have performed on the McNeese Banners Series with the Ethos Percussion Ensemble in a performance of Guido Haazen’s Missa Luba and with Kelly Hunt and the McNeese Steel Band in a performance of Glenn McClure’s St. Francis in the Americas: A Caribbean Mass. Dr. Jones also prepared Chamber Singers for a Louisiana Public Television Broadcast of Keith Gates’ American Requiem with the Voices of London. In addition to performing for the Louisiana Music Educators Fall Conference, Chamber Singers tours and regularly sings in local high schools.
Dr. Jones is an active member in American Choral Director’s Association, National Association for Music Education, and Louisiana Music Educators Association. He is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.