JILLIAN HARRISON-JONES, DMA is from Rochester, NY, by way of Indianapolis, IN. She serves as the Music Director for MUSE Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir and Director of Choirs at the historic Witherspoon Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Harrison-Jones is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she wrote her dissertation on effective virtual concert planning amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Lincoln University, PA, a Bachelor of Music degree from Roberts Wesleyan College, NY, and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Connecticut. Previous appointments include the Richard Wesp Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Choir, Assistant Conductor of the Willimantic Symphony Orchestra (CT), and Assistant Director of the UConn Women’s Choir (CT).
Dr. Harrison-Jones has tremendous experience with children’s, women’s choirs, and collegiate choirs and orchestras. As an author, clinician, singer, vocal coach and conductor, she specializes in the performance practice and scholarship of African American Spirituals and Gospel Music, and devotes her career to redeeming the forgotten and lesser known choral works of African American composers such as Glenn Burleigh, Undine Smith Moore, Robert Nathaniel Dett, and more. Dr. Harrison-Jones is the co-author of 2 Amazon Best Sellers, entitled “Empower Now for Women” and “Navigating the Pandemic: Stories of Hope and Resilience.” She is married to philanthropist, educator, and theologian, Reverend Dr. Winterbourne Harrison-Jones, Senior Pastor of Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, Professor of Urban Education at IUPUI, and Board President of the Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis, IN.
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