Dr. Hilary Jones is a flutist, educator, and scholar recently appointed Assistant Professor of Flute at Wichita State University and Principal Flute of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.
As an orchestral musician, Dr. Jones also holds the position of second flute with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and regularly performs with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Symphony's Lincoln Center series, New England Symphonic Ensemble's residency at Carnegie Hall, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, and she is a substitute musician for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and New Haven Symphony. She was twice a fellow at the National Orchestral Institute and was also awarded a fellowship with the Talis Festival in Switzerland.
Dr. Jones also has a background in commercial music and was the flutist for the North American Tour of Broadway’s Les Misérables and continues to perform with the show on occasion. Hilary recently recorded new music for the feature film "Charlie's Horse" to be released in 2023.
In the summers, Dr. Jones teaches and performs as an artist faculty member for the LA Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra of LA National Festival (YOLA) at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
Hilary earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rutgers University and enjoyed focusing her scholarly interest on 18th-century performance practice, culminating with research on translating historical performance practice to the modern flute in C.P.E. Bach’s Concerto in d Minor for flute. Her current area of scholarly focus is flute music of early America. Dr. Jones presented and performed 18th century manuscripts from Mount Vernon, The George Washington House's database of early music at the 2022 Thomas Paine International Conference and subsequently received the Clifford-Levy Creativity Grant through Diller-Quaile School of Music to continue her research on 18th century American flute practices.
As an educator, Dr. Jones has served on the faculties of New York University, Rutgers University’s Adult Chamber Music program, as a teaching assistant in the Rutgers Musicology department, and through many non-profit outreach programs, including the Paterson Music Project. She continues to assist with planning for Ovation Concerts, an NYC-based project with a mission of diversity in orchestral music and remains on the faculty of the Diller-Quaile School of Music.
Prior to her appointment at WSU, Hilary was a faculty member at Iona University within the Fine and Performing Arts Department, where she taught courses in Music and Film, Music in World Cultures, Women and Music, assisted with ensembles and instrumental coachings, and developed a new course entitled Music of the Enlightenment and Age of Revolutions.