NYFC president 1976-1979
Harold Jones (1934-2015) studied flute with David Underwood in Chicago and won a scholarship to the Sherwood Music School in Chicago, where he became a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra under George Schick. He came to New York in 1955 and was awarded a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music. He continued his studies with Marcel Moyse and in 1966 made his New York recital debut at Town Hall, later appearing at CAMI Hall, Alice Tull Hall, and Jordan Hall in Boston. He performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the New York Sinfonietta, American Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Phiharmonia, National Orchestral Association, Municipal Concerts Orchestra, and Symphony of the New World. He appeared at the Yachats Music Festival in Oregon and the Manhattan School of Music International Summer Youth Festival in Taiwan. Mr. Jones was on the faculty of the Westchester Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Manhattanville College, and Brooklyn College. He recorded the Vivaldi flute concerti for the Library of Recorded Masterpieces and had four solo albums, including three for Antara Records: From Bach to Bazzini, Afternoon Fantasies, and Let Us Break Bread Together. In 1993 Harold Jones formed the Antara Ensemble to bring classical music to the Harlem community. Its repertoire included works by American, African American, European, and Third World composers, as well as spirituals in classical arrangements.