Jones, Mason, American horn player, conductor, and teacher; b. Hamilton, N.Y., June 16, 1919. He was a pupil of Tabuteau and Reiner at the Curtis Inst. of Music in Philadelphia (1936–38). In 1938 he joined the Philadelphia Orch., where he was first horn (1940–78), personnel manager (1963–86), and conductor of the school concerts (1972–82); also was conductor of the Episcopal Academy Orch. (1958–60) and asst. conductor of the Philadelphia Chamber Orch. (1961–64). He was a founding member of the Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet (1950–80) and of the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble (from 1957). He taught at the Curtis Inst. of Music (from 1946) and at Temple Univ. Coll. of Music (1976–83), and in 1986-87 was president of the International Horn Soc. He ed. Solos for the Horn Player (1962) and 20th Century Orchestral Studies (1971).
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