Dr. Lee H. Jones
The Athenaeum Pops Orchestra, the oldest orchestra in Indiana, is pleased to
announce its new Music Director, Dr. Lee H. Jones, effective immediately.
The Athenaeum Pops Orchestra’s long 133 year history has
included many fine conductors: Founded by Emil Wulschner as an orchestra in
1875, some of the other fine conductors have been Constantine Borschoff, David
Hughes, Jackson Wiley, Edward Staubach, Dr. Charles Conrad, many others,and most
recently, Jose Valencia. Based in, and rehearsing in the historic Athenaeum
building in downtown Indianapolis,
this orchestra has provided entertaining and lively music for generations of Indianapolis music lovers.
Our mission is to “provide the music that everyone loves to hear”.
Dr. Jones has a long history in the Indianapolis music scene. A graduate of Shortridge High School’s fine music program in the
1950’s, he attended both Indiana
University and Cincinnatti
College Conservatory, studying oboe with Keith Kummer and Ferdinand Pryor. He is
presently principal oboe of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis and the
Bloomington Symphony, principal bassoonist and associate conductor of the
Scottish Rite Orchestra, a member of the chamber groups Slaughterhouse Five
Woodwind Quintet, Quarter of Sax saxophone quartet, and Central Indiana Baroque
Ensemble. He is one of the founders and Music Director of the Phillips Music
Guild of Indianapolis, a mentoring group fostering young and talented middle and
high school students in the central Indiana area. As Music Director of that
organization, he is the founder and conductor of the Phillips Wind Ensemble and
the Jazz Renegades Dance Band. He was a founding member of the Indianapolis
Symphonic Band, and the founder and conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Winds.
He has guest conducted the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, the Carmel Symphony, the
Bloomington Symphony, and, of course, the Athenaeum Pops Orchestra.
The orchestra’s mission is to provide a quality
playing outlet for our members that is musically rewarding, to entertain our
audiences with both familiar and unusual music of high quality, and to mentor
younger musicians in their goals of being better musicians.
The Athenaeum Pops Orchestra is now looking for qualified
members to fill out its roster. For more information about the orchestra, when
and where we rehearse, and our upcoming concerts, please check our website,
address listed above, or call Lee Jones at the above number.
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