Music: Vanita Hall Jones
Vanita Hall Jones leads an active life as both a performer and educator. Before graduating summa cum laude in Flute Performance from the Catholic University of America, Mrs. Jones performed with her world-renowned teacher and mentor, Julius Baker, and began teaching at The Catholic University of America, Montgomery College, and Washington Adventist University.
Her many solo and chamber performances include the World Bank series, Festival Strasburg, Trinity Chamber Orchestra, Washington Symphony Orchestra, the German Embassy, The Arts Club of Washington, The National Flute Association, The Washington Consort of Instruments, and The Flute Society of Washington, D.C. Her chamber group, Trio Cantabile, includes performing artists Dawn Avery, cello, and Alfred Clark, piano. She performs regularly with the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall with conductors John Rutter, Jonathan Griffith, Stanley Irwin, Janet Galvin, and Jonathan Wilcox. With John Rutter as guest conductor, the orchestra has performed at the Kennedy Center and area music festivals. As a young flutist, Vanita Jones played with the Foundry Methodist Orchestra, The Commerce Department Symphony Orchestra, The Richmond Symphony, and the Friday Morning Music Club. More recently, Ms. Jones was chosen to perform and conduct the Opening Gala concert at the National Flute Association Convention along with 26 nationally known flutists as a tribute to her teacher, Julius Baker.
For over 20 years, Ms. Jones has directed, conducted and performed concerts at the Julius Baker Master Classes at Western Connecticut University each summer giving workshops and ensemble classes. She is also an active adjudicator for local, regional, and national competitions and is the founder of The Musical Offering Flute Ensemble, which has performed extensively at major venues in the Washington, D.C. area.
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