Biography

 
 

Conductor Warren Puffer Jones is in his tenth year as Music Director of Arbor Opera Theater. For his performance of The Sound of Music with Arbor Opera Theater he received the 2014 Wilde Award for best Music Director in the state of Michigan. For his performance of Carmen with Arbor Opera Theater, he was selected as 2nd runner-up in the opera division of The American Prize in Conducting, 2012. Also in 2012 he was the winner of the 4x4 Prize, a national competition for conducting new music.


Maestro Jones is the Music Director of TACTUS, a professional vocal ensemble and chamber orchestra in Oklahoma City.  He is also the Director of the Kemp Concert Series and the Music Director at the First Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City.


From 2005-2012 he was the Music Director of the Ann Arbor Cantata Singers. During his tenure, the organization expanded its concert season, including performances throughout southeastern Michigan. He also championed the ensemble's outreach activities, bringing music to area nursing homes and retirement centers. Under his direction, the Cantata Singers achieved a high level of musicality praised by critics and audience members alike. Of a recent concert, James Leonard of the Ann Arbor Observer wrote, "Under conductor Warren Puffer Jones’s expert direction, the Cantata Singers delivered a deeply moving performance."


In the 2011-12 season, Maestro Jones was Music Director of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra and the University of Michigan Campus Philharmonia Orchestra, and he also made conducting appearances with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra. In the 2010-11 season he conducted the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Campus Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Opera Theatre, as well as the Detroit Medical Orchestra, an ensemble of doctors and medical students that gives charity benefit concerts. In recent seasons he has led productions for the Comic Opera Guild and the University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society and conducted the Dexter Community Orchestra. He has also served as Assistant Conductor with the Michigan Philharmonic, the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra and Opera Illinois. His operatic repertoire includes La BohèmeCarmenLa TraviataLucia di LammermoorDon GiovanniDie FledermausMadama Butterfly, Purcell's Dido & Aeneas, Adamo’s Little Women and the Gilbert & Sullivan favorites The Pirates of Penzance and Iolanthe


Mr. Jones did his undergraduate work at Yale University and received a Master's degree in choral conducting from Indiana University, with further study at the Conductor's Institute at Bard. He was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Kenneth Kiesler. He has directed concerts in twenty-two countries and throughout the U.S., including appearances at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and New York's Alice Tully Hall. He and his wife, soprano Kelly Holst, and their children Isaac and Olivia live in Oklahoma City.

Warren Puffer Jones, Conductor