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About Stanleigh J
Stanleigh Jones began formal piano studies at the age of 10 with the late Cloris Browne, former member and pianist of the Apostolic Church of God. He continued his studies until his graduation from Chicago’s Lindblom Technical High School. It was during this time that Stanleigh found himself drawn to the organ. (His father had purchased an organ for the home and young Stanleigh found himself practicing his piano music on the organ for countless hours during which, in his own words, “the seeds of organ playing were planted.” This experience led him to his first position as a church organist at the age of 14.
Stanleigh Jones enrolled at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan as a biology pre-med major (with a minor in auto mechanics) but after being further exposed to the broad field of music went on to major in keyboard education, studying organ with Dr. C. Warren Becker and William Ness, and harpsichord with Dr. Hans-Jorgan Holman. After submitting an audition tape, Stanleigh Jones was chosen as one of six finalists from around the country to compete in the First Presbyterian National Organ Competition held in Ottumwa, Iowa in 1981.
Further studies were completed with internationally recognized organist and recording artist Wolfgang Rubsam at the Northwestern University School of Music (now the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University), receiving his Master of Music Degree in 1984. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Faith-Grant College, Birmingham, Alabama in 1993.
Stanleigh Jones has taught in both the private and public school systems in Chicago and has been recognized for his contributions to the field of music education with various awards, including: Teacher of the Year—Hales Franciscan High School (1998); Who’s Who Among American Teachers (1994); Dictionary of International Biography (1994); Who’s Who in American Education (1992 and 1993 editions); and finalist for the D.R.I.V. E. award—Chicago Public Schools (2003).
Dr. Jones has served as organist or Minister of Music for various churches and denominations, including: St. Paul Episcopal (St. Joseph, MI), Three Oaks Methodist (Three Oaks, MI), Sharon Seventh-Day Adventist Church. (Milwaukee, WI), Tabor Lutheran, St. Mary’s A.M.E., St. Joachim Roman Catholic and Shiloh Seventh-Day Adventist in Chicago. Dr. Jones has written several works including Give Ear to My Prayer, which is being published by GIA Publications and Darkest Night.