Scott A. Jones is professor of music and associate director of Bands in the School of Music at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to conducting the Symphonic Band, he also leads the undergraduate conducting curriculum and serves as director of the Ohio State Youth Summer Music Programs. Prior to joining the faculty at Ohio State, Dr. Jones served as director of bands at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He also garnered 15 years of teaching experience in the public schools of Apple Valley, Minnesota and Ashville, Ohio.
An ardent supporter of the composers of today, Jones has commissioned more than 40 new compositions for wind band and chamber winds. Commissioned composers include David R. Gillingham, Augusta Read Thomas, Libby Larsen, Clark McAlister, Michael Weinstein, Adam Gorb, Daniel Kallman, Scott McAllister, Timothy Mahr, Rolf Rudin, Lowell Liebermann, Elliott Schwartz, Shelley Hanson, Johan de Meij, Brian Balmages and Martin Ellerby.
A firm believer in creating opportunities for students to interact with great artists of our time, the musicians under Jones’ leadership have collaborated with Frederick Fennell, Eiji Oue, Aaron Jay Kernis, Frank Battisti, Seiji Ozawa, David R. Gillingham, Augusta Read Thomas, Eddie Daniels, Frank Ticheli, Mark Camphouse, The Empire Brass Quintet, The American Brass Quintet and a host of other distinguished musical figures.
Jones was honored with an Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching at Ohio State in 2015, and was recipient of the Ohio State School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award in both 2014 and 2020. He was also named “Music Educator of the Year” by the Minnesota Music Educators Association, and was one of three school band conductors from the United States selected to participate in the National Band Association International Conducting Symposium in Rome, Italy. His guest engagements regularly include All-State Bands and Honor Bands, as well as international engagements throughout Asia.
His professional affiliations include The National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, Wisconsin Music Educators Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Iowa Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, and Phi Beta Mu.
Collaborative Rehearsal and Performance Blog/Videos
Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic
Session Handout and Symphonic Band Tour Program
Complete Midwest Clinic Session Video
"Inspired by Orpheus: Collaborative Rehearsal and Performance in the Large Ensemble Setting." Video of the 2014 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic presentation by the musicians of The Ohio State University Symphonic Band. Dr. Scott A. Jones, conductor, and Jonathan Spitz, co-artistic director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBkztETRePw [60 minutes]
"Song for My Children" performance at Midwest Clinic Session
Ben Factor (Lancaster HS and Ohio State alumnus) captured this video of the performance of Andrew Boysen's "Song for My Children" part of the session. The audio quality is better on his recording than the full-length session video, and this location also provides an interesting perspective.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K09W_o6IdCE [6 minutes]