about noel jones

Starting out playing and singing daily Masses in Latin each morning while in high school, he moved to New York City at the age of 17 where I started out as organist for the Church Center for the  United Nations, accompanist for the United Nations Singers and later as director of music/organist at two New York City Catholic parishes. During this time he studied organ at the Guilmant Organ School with George Markey and George Powers.

Drafted into the army, he found myself playing in chapels at Fort Knox, then Fort Gordon and finally in Frankfurt, Germany where he ended up in an Army Band and had the opportunity to do vocal coaching and conducted a musical for  Special Services. Following discharge, he stayed and worked in Germany for 2 years. becoming choir director at an Anglican church and organist for the English Masses at the Cathedral in Frankfurt, St. Bartholomäus.  

In  Berlin, he performed with an Orff group while also coaching singers - eventually moving to Hamburg as musical director for Hair at Theatre am Briennerstrasse, followed that by joining the staff as a guest musical director at the Bremen Stadttheatre - touring “Ich Bin Ich” between Bremen and Munich - a show that starred the singer later known as Donna Summers.  During breaks, he accompanied Bass Baritone Norman Foster, stage director of the show, in lieder.

Back in the US, studies with choral director Vance George were followed by him founding a Staff-University Reading Orchestra at Interlochen National Music Camp and forming a touring chamber opera company for school performances. He also had the chance to accompany lessons and masterclasses by Lorenzo Malfatti and Eleanor Steber.

As director of music at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, Ohio, he built a choir that employed and young singers, some of whom later appeared at the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala.

Working in Italy he prepared the score for the Italian language premiere of the opera, The Bear, by Sir William Walton, as well as work preparing the singers and orchestra for the performance with Walton present.

After serving as artistic director for a US Young Audiences Chapter, he began work designing church organs, working with Tellers Pipe Organs, Möller Pipe Organs and Rodgers Organs.

Asked to create a music program worthy of a new basilica-style Catholic church in Tennessee, the four years spent building the choir from 16 to 46 members eventually resulted his release of The Catholic Choirbook series of music, all legal to copy and share at www.frogmusic.com.  His books on Gregorian Chatn for beginner’s are consistently in the top ten books on Gregorian Chant on Amazon.com.

Currently continuing to work designing church organs, he is now involved in composing and publishing organ music  created to improve the skills of organists and turning pianists into organist.  

As a hobby he began to study cello as an adult and plays a bit as a continuo player.

As part of the development process in creating the online organ teaching project at his company, Frog Music Press - for churches without organists - he traveled to Bédoin, France to experience daily intensive cello lessons with Ruth Philips. 

Based upon his studies at the Guilmant School and study in Germany and Italy, he took the American Guild of Organists exams and was awarded the Associateship.

Frog Music has enjoyed the participation of excellent musicians incouding Lauren Gadd, Clay Baker, Richard Van Auken, Dan Miller, and many others.  Their work and ideas has greatly enhanced the quality of what we have to offer.