Dr. Erik Jones
Dr. Erik Jones is the founder of Master Singers of Virginia (MSVA), now serving in his twenty-third season as its director. During the past two decades, he has guided the MSVA to become the premier a cappella choir in Northern Virginia, performing “modern choral music… masterfully” all over the Washington, DC region and earning prestigious awards such as the 2012 Ovation Award for most Creative Programming from the Choralis Foundation. Dr. Jones is an avid choral composer, with over twenty works to his credit, most of which have been premiered by the MSVA. Walton House, a pre-eminent publishing house has recently published I’ll Tell My Ma, which was premiered by the MSVA.
Dr. Jones received his Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in vocal music education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Jones went on to receive his Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the University of Cincinnati, and his doctoral degree in choral conducting at the University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Jones served for ten years as Director of Choral Activities at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where he directed the Chamber singers, the Masterworks Chorale, the Women’s Camerata and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
Conductor, Vox NoVA
Charles Quinlan discovered his passion for music early in life, and has never stopped honing his craft. Charles began his career as a general music teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools, where he devoted himself to his music program. In his time there, his choir grew from fifty-six students in three grade levels to over two hundred fifth and sixth graders at its most recent count. He reinstated an annual musical, directing Annie Jr. as a dinner theater that raised over twelve hundred dollars for the PTA. Following this, he became the choral director at Stone Middle School in Centreville and grew the choral program from eighty-nine students to nearly one hundred fifty in only one year. Throughout his career, he tailors all that he has learned to benefit his students and musicianship, vocal technique and musical style are always a priority.
Charles earned a Masters of Education with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia Univerity-Portland and a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Moravian College. During his studies, he had the distinct privilege to work with musicians such as Deborah Voight, Denyce Graves, and Bobby McFerrin. He has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the National Basilica in Washington D.C.