Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Matthew Jones, tenor, recently relocated to Winchester from Cleveland. A frequent orchestral soloist, his concert engagements include Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Acclaimed for his “lively agility for dancing, and his light timbre,” Jones’ recent operatic engagements include the role of Sportin’ Life from Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, with the Cleveland Opera, Opera of the Western Reserve (Youngstown) and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston). He also appeared with the Cleveland Opera, Great Lakes Light Opera (Ohio) and Cleveland Public Theatre. A frequent recitalist, Jones has collaborated with and given countless performances of living composers, including H. Leslie Adams, Dolores White, Ahmed Alabaca and Buck McDaniel. Additionally, Jones has performed with several professional choirs including Cleveland Chamber Choir, Taylor Festival Singers (Charleston), CityMusic Cleveland, Savannah Philharmonic, Contrapunctus (Cleveland), the Cleveland Opera and the Trinity Chamber Singers (Cleveland).
Matthew is also a music educator through his work with the Cleveland Music Settlement, Center for Music, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Literacy Through the Arts, the Cleveland Boys & Girls Club, the Cassidy Theatre (Cleveland), and All Walks of Life, Inc (Savannah).
Matthew holds advanced degrees in music education and voice performance from Cleveland State University School of Music, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance (Voice) at Shenandoah Conservatory.