Adjunct Instructor of Music
Office: FA 318
Warren Puffer Jones teaches musicology at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. He is also in his eighth year as Music Director of Arbor Opera Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is the Director of Music and Arts Ministry at the First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City. For his performance of Carmen with Arbor Opera Theater, he was selected as 2nd runner-up in the opera division of The American Prize in Conducting, 2012. Also in 2012 he was the winner of the 4x4 Prize, a national competition for conducting new music.
Equally comfortable with the operatic, orchestral and choral repertoires, Maestro Jones has received acclaim as a rising talent in the new generation of conductors. For seven years he was the Music Director of the Ann Arbor Cantata Singers. During his tenure, the organization expanded its concert season, including performances throughout southeastern Michigan. He also championed the ensemble's outreach activities, bringing music to area nursing homes and retirement centers. Under his direction, the Cantata Singers achieved a high level of musicality praised by critics and audience members alike. Of a recent concert, James Leonard of the Ann Arbor Observer wrote, "Under conductor Warren Puffer Jones’s expert direction, the Cantata Singers delivered a deeply moving performance."
In the 2011-12 season, Maestro Jones was Music Director of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra and the University of Michigan Campus Philharmonia Orchestra, and he also made conducting appearances with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra. In the 2010-11 season he conducted the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Campus Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Opera Theatre, as well as the Detroit Medical Orchestra, an ensemble of doctors and medical students that gives charity benefit concerts. In recent seasons he has led productions for the Comic Opera Guild and the University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society and conducted the Dexter Community Orchestra. He has also served as Assistant Conductor with the Michigan Philharmonic, the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra and Opera Illinois. His operatic repertoire includes La Bohème, Carmen, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly, Purcell's Dido & Aeneas, Adamo’s Little Women and the Gilbert & Sullivan favorites The Pirates of Penzance and Iolanthe. His oratorio repertoire includes the Requiems of Durufle, Faure and Mozart, Bach’s St. John Passion, and Haydn’s Creation.
Maestro Jones did his undergraduate work at Yale University and received a Master's degree in choral conducting from Indiana University, with further study at the Conductor's Institute at Bard. He was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Kenneth Kiesler. He has directed concerts in twenty-two countries and throughout the U.S., including appearances at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and New York's Alice Tully Hall. He and his wife, soprano Kelly Holst, and their son Isaac live in Oklahoma City.