Diane Jones’ music has been performed by The Relâche Ensemble, The Da Capo Chamber Players, Trio Casals, and Flautet. She has been commissioned by Mélomanie, the Society for New Music, and the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, and she recently completed a commission from the Syracuse International Film Festival to score the 1919 silent film “The Doll,” screened during the 2019 festival with a live ensemble. Her work with Samba Laranja has garnered three SAMMY awards (Native Orange, 2011, Pathways, 2014, and Guaraná, 2019). She has collaborated with choreographers to create new music with dance, and completed five residencies in Syracuse area public schools. Her music has been released on the Navona, SUR, and International Musicians Network labels. Jones is the Program Manager and mid-day host on WCNY-FM, Central New York’s Classical Radio Station, and the creator, host, and producer of “Feminine Fusion,” a nationally-syndicated weekly program highlighting women in the classical music world. She is past President of the Society for New Music, and her music has been featured on Fresh Ink, the weekly new music broadcast produced by the Society.
A recipient of the Billy Joel Fellowship, a fellowship with the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and awarded the prestigious Grace F. and Theodore Berger Award from the University of Delaware, Jones has also been inducted into Pi-Kappa Lambda, the music honor society. Active as a performer as well as a composer, Jones regularly performs with Samba Laranja, and plays contrabass flute with the Central New York Flute Choir. She has played flute and piccolo in regional orchestras, and was one half of the flute duo, Flutes of Fancy. Jones is privileged to have studied with outstanding composers Daniel S. Godfrey, Nicolas Scherzinger, and Jennifer Margaret Barker.