Stephen M. Jones
Stephen M. Jones is a professor of music composition at Brigham Young University where he joined the faculty in 1991. He is a former dean of the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications (2003–2015) and served as Assistant to the Academic Vice President.
He has been commissioned to compose numerous chamber, choral, and orchestral music and his pieces have been performed by the Utah Symphony, the Utah Arts Festival, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the Meadows Wind Ensemble at Southern Methodist University, St. Thomas University, Emory University, Temple University-based choreographer Eva Gholson, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and other professional and university-based ensembles. He has composed music for the film Eliza and I.
His music can be heard on the Gasparo and Tantara labels.
He composed the music for “When Faith Endures,” hymn #128 in the 1985 Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Jones is the recipient of a Utah Arts Council Artist Grant, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, and a Composer Assistance Grant from the American Music Center. His work, "Sing the Earth" for orchestra won a Judge's Commendation for Excellence in the 1995 Barlow International Competition. He has since served as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, and as Chair of the Board of Directors.
Jones holds both master and doctorate degrees in music from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He also studied at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. He received a bachelor’s degree from BYU.
He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Wendy, have four children.