Noel's Bio

Noel Jones first sang chant in a choir of men and boys and followed that up by chanting daily masses before he was a teenager in a small town in Ohio.

   Summer studies with Benedictine monks took him further along the chant path prior to his leaving for New York City where he directed Catholic choirs and was organist at the Church Center for the United Nations as well as accompanist for the United Nations Singers. Later in Germany he was organist for the English masses at the DOM Cathedral in Frankfurt.

   Picking up work as a chor-repetiteur in Germany he was involved in vocal coaching as well as a musical direction in Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen and Munich. Of the three Broadway musicals he led there, he conducted two recordings and the European premiere of one. During this time he was musical director for a show which was performed in Bremen and Munich, Germany. in which Donna Summers starred. Having experience setting translations to scores, he was engaged to do so in Germany, the United States and Italy, where he set the Italian text for Sir William Walton's opera The Bear. He also served as chor repetiteur and rehearsal conductor for that performance under the supervision of Sir William. 

   During this time he played for masses at Il Duomo in Barga, Italy, as well as producing and conducting the town's annual San Cristoforo Day celebration concert in the 11th century church,

   Directing a chamber opera company in the US, he directed school performances of La Serva Padrona and Hansel and Gretel for Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland.

   Working as a church organ designer, he eventually located in Tennessee, where he joined the staff of a Catholic church as director of music involved in restoring church music to chant and polyphony. He and Mary C. Weaver have founded Musicam Sacram, a CMAA chapter in East Tennessee.  

   Recent publications have been a short volume on reading Gregorian Chant notation and a hymnal of historic Eucharistic hymns in addition to more than 30 collections of music for solo Organ with MIDI Orchestra created with Lauren Gadd.

   He is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists.