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Jon Bailey (b. 1939)

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Born and raised in the midwest, Jon has had a varied career in music. Originally trained as an organist with degrees and both philosophy and theology, Jon has been engaged in music-making as a church musician, college professor, professional conductor and composer. His degrees in music are from University of California at Berkeley MA, and Stanford University DMA. In his academic life, Jon was Dean of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Director of the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, and Chair of the Department of Music at Pomona College in Claremont, California. In each of these institutions, in addition to his administrative duties, he formed and conducted choruses including The San Francisco Cantata Singers, the Yale Concert Choir, the New Haven Chorale and the Pomona College Choir. He has been the recipient of two Fulbright grants for study in Germany where he edited choral music by Georg Ph. Telemann. At Pomona College he was twice awarded the Wig Award for Distinguished Teaching.

As Artistic Director of the Gay Menís Chorus of Los Angeles in 1989 until his retirement in 2001, Jon led the 160 voice chorus to international prominence through concerts, recordings and tours, most notably to Eastern Europe and Russia. Since his retirement, he teaches half-time at Pomona College, and has devoted increasing amounts of time to composition. He has written commissioned works for GMCLA, the Seattle Menís Chorus, Boston Gay Menís Chorus and the European Choral Festival. His music has been performed at Myerson Symphony Hall in Dallas, Carnegie Hall, Seattleís Benaroya Hall and Boston Symphony Hall. Most recently he was commissioned by the Gay Menís Chorus of Los Angeles to write a work for double choruses of men and women entitled ìKindred Spirits.î


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YR1702 Halleluiah!
YR1700 Kindred Spirits
YR1704 Prelude and Dance
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