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Gloria Jones

Associate Principal Bass

Gloria Jones
The Lucy R. and Gary Lee Jr. Chair


Gloria Jones joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at age 20 in 1984, just before completing her Bachelor Degree in Double Bass Performance at The University of Michigan.

Born into a musical family in Greenville, SC, she studied violin and piano until age 12 when she started studying the bass. She was a member of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra for five years before college, soloing with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at age 14. Six of her summers were spent at Interlochen Center of the Arts, studying with Lawrence Hurst, Oscar Zimmerman, and Jack Budrow. She also studied with her late husband, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Bass Ralph Jones for two years in high school. While at The University of Michigan, Ms. Jones was Principal Bass of the Flint Symphony Orchestra from 1982-1984, and she received the Mitslav Rostropovich Award for Outstanding Musicianship. She studied on Full Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival in the summers of 1983 and 1984, studying with Stuart Sankey.

Joining the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as a section player, she was promoted to Assistant Principal in 1989 and to Associate Principal in 2001. The past two seasons, Ms. Jones has been Acting Principal Bass of the Orchestra. She teaches privately, coaches the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, participates in the Talent Development Program, and has performed in many chamber music groups around Atlanta. She presently holds the Lucy R. and Gary Lee Jr. Associate Principal Bass Chair.

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