Joyce Jones To Celebrate 50 Years Of Concerts

March 25, 2003

by Richard Veit

Celebrated Baylor University organist Joyce Jones will play an organ recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, in Jones Concert Hall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her first professional performance. Jones played her first concert for the American Guild of Organists in Galveston while still a teenage graduate student at the University of Texas. She won the national student auditions of the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Jones has chosen several works from that program in February 1953, including the Fantasy and Fugue in G minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, the Elegie of Flor Peeters and Pageant by Leo Sowerby.

Jones has played in 44 states and 14 foreign countries. Her schedule this year includes concerts in California, Florida, New Jersey, Utah, Tennessee, Missouri and Maine.

Along with her concert performances, she also teaches a full class load at Baylor. "I received so much from my teachers. It is a pleasure and an obligation to pass on to students what I received from my teachers. I also try to make friends for the pipe organ, so whenever possible, I play a children's program in addition to the more formal evening concert," she said.

This recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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