Mark c. Jones Memorial concert

Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm

This is a free concert to celebrate the life and ministry of our beloved music director, Mark Jones. 

Mark Coan Jones February 25, 1957 – December 24, 2017

Mark C. Jones was a native of Asheville, North Carolina, where at age three he sat down at the organ for the first time. That began a lifelong love affair with music. He later studied organ with Dr. Marilyn Keiser and with Donna Robertson at nearby Mars Hill College. For the past 22 years, Mark was an integral part of the life of The Pink Church (The First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach), in his roles as Director of Music and Organist. During his impressive tenure, he oversaw a comprehensive music department for this large church, played one of the largest organs in the Southeast (some 120 ranks), and designed and supervised the installation of the Jeffri W. Bantz Memorial Antiphonal Organ. Mark's former posts include St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Pompano Beach, FL, First Presbyterian, Newton, NC, and historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Asheville. Mark appeared with the Florida Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, the Lynn University Conservatory Orchestra, the Young Artists Chamber Orchestra, the Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony and the Miami Bach Society and in collaborations with chamber groups and area choruses, including the Nova Singers, the Florida Philharmonic Chorus, the Master Chorale of South Florida, the Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches, the Ft. Lauderdale Christian Chorale, and the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida. Jones arranged music for organ and brass and performed with the Dallas Brass, the Avatar Brass, the Empire Brass, the Lynn Conservatory Brass and the Eastman Brass. He performed extensively across Europe, Scandinavia and Russia in collaborations and solo concerts. Mark performed with virtuoso saxophonist Andrea Gilbert in their duo “Classical Sax,” and he also presented many unforgettable and inspiring performances of “Dueling Keyboards” with world acclaimed conductor/pianist Dr. Jon Robertson. Mark's organ compositions have been performed widely in many major venues across the U.S. (including the Washington National Cathedral - October 2016) and in Europe and have been broadcast nationally. His Three Lenten Hymn Meditations, Trumpet Tune in D and his Lenten Hymntunes have been recorded and performed by organ virtuosos Dr. Marilyn Keiser, Lucia Clements-Falco, Mark Laubach, Dr. Steven Williams, Billy Trottern and numerous others. From 2006 through 2014, Mark was principal accompanist for the von Trapp Children, the remarkably gifted great-grandchildren of the singing family made famous by the Rodgers and Hammerstein movie The Sound of Music. Mark's solo appearances and concerts with the von Trapps included performances around the world and in the U.S. Apart from music, Mark was a classic car enthusiast with an award-winning antique Cadillac, dabbled in calligraphy and enjoyed playing league billiards. Mark is pre-deceased by his maternal grandparents Earl and Nell Williams of Monroe, NC and his paternal grandparents Clarence and Bonnie Jones of Asheville, NC. Mark is survived by his loving parents Hubert Mack and Shirley Williams Jones of Asheville, his sister Suzanne Jones Hamel and her husband Richard (Rick) Anson Hamel of Covington, KY, his partner Hilarion (Kiko) Suarez Moreno of Deerfield Beach, Florida and many friends and extended family members. To only recognize Mark’s professional success would indeed fail to celebrate the spirit and soul of Mark Jones. He was devoted to his craft, but equally devoted to his faith, his family and his supportive and extensive circle of friends. Mark lived his faith every day, and that faith touched every person who ever knew and loved him. His light still shines and will not dim.