Popular Western North Carolina vocalist Wendy Jones headlines the Brevard College Faculty Recital Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in The Porter Center for Performing Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.
Jones, an adjunct music instructor at Brevard, chose selections by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, French composer and pianist Erik Satie, Austrian composer Hugo Wolf, American composer Charles Ives and renowned American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Pianist and BC Adjunct Instructor Katherine Palmer will accompany Jones on stage.
Jones is a vocalist, vocal educator, recording artist, and professional stage actor who is one of the most popular artists in the Western North Carolina region. She is a classically trained vocalist with over 15 years of professional theatre experience and consistently receives accolades for her energetic and entertaining performances of jazz and big band.
In addition to singing with her quartet (a group that regularly performs standards, bebop, and originals), Jones is also the featured vocalist with the vintage jazz band, 42nd Street, and is a frequent guest with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra and the Russ Wilson Big Band. Her newly formed gypsy jazz ensemble, Swingtette Francais, recently made their debut in Charlotte, NC in April 2015.
Jones received a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in vocal performance from Appalachian State University. She later joined the voice faculty at the school, where she taught for eight years before embarking on a full-time, professional singing/acting career. Jones has sung with Opera Carolina, Appalachian Opera Theatre, and the Brevard Music Center
Jones teaches voice and directs the opera program at Brevard College. She also maintains private voice studios in Hendersonville and Brevard.