Jones, Kelsey

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Jones, Kelsey

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1922 17 June Born: Herbert Kelsey Jones in South Norwalk, Norwalk, Connecticut.
1939 Moved to New Brunswick to study with Harold Hamer at the Mount Allison Conservatory.
Approximately 1942 Lived in Boston for the duration of the Second World War, where Jones was employed in an optics factory at Harvard University.
1942 Married pianist Rosabelle Smith.
1945 Received a Bachelor in Music from Mount Allison University, NB.
1947 Received a Bachelor in Music from the University of Toronto, ON under the tutelage of Sir Ernest MacMillan.
1948-1949 Taught theory and conducted the student orchestra at Mount Allison University.
1949-1950 Studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, France.
1950’s Performed and toured with wife, Rosabelle Jones, as duo pianists.
1950 Founded Saint John Symphony Orchestra in St John’s
1950-1954 Conducted Saint John Symphony Orchestra.
1951 Received a Diploma in Music from the University of Toronto, ON.
1954 Moved to Montreal, QC to teach counterpoint as a part-time instructor at McGill University.
1954-1984 Taught history, harpsichord, piano, theory and counterpoint (modal, tonal, fugue, canon, etc).
1957 Co-founded the Baroque Trio of Montreal, which recorded his Sonata da Camera and Sonata da Chiesa.
1963 Commissioned by the Tudor Singers to compose Prophecy of Micah.
1965 Commissioned by Canadian Broadcasting Company to write a chamber opera for their contribution to the Canadian Centennial Celebration.
1967 5 September Jones’ comic chamber opera Sam Slick, libretto by Rosabelle Jones, premiered in Halifax for a CBC broadcast performance.
1971 Moved to Cook’s Lines, a municipal of Hinchinbrooke (south of Huntingdon, QC) on the Canadian/US border.
1974 Wife Rosabelle suffers tragic car accident that renders her a paraplegic.
1984 Retired and was named Professor Emeritus, McGill University.
1984-2002 Set up a winter home in Florida.
2004 10 October Died in Montréal, Québec.


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