The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) today announces the appointment of soprano Rhoslyn Jones to its faculty. Making frequent appearances internationally, including at San Francisco Opera, Jones has maintained strong Bay Area connections through the Bay Area Vocal Program, an organization she co-founded, and having been a participant in the Merola Opera Program and an Adler Fellow.
“We couldn't be more excited to add Ms. Jones to an already fantastic voice department,” says SFCM Dean and Chief Academic Officer Jonas Wright. “Her impressive performance career, combined with the outstanding successes her private studio students have achieved will continue to build the vocal performance degree here at SFCM into a powerhouse. I am looking forward to all that she brings to us in the years ahead.”
“I am thrilled to join the incredible faculty, staff, and students of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music,” says Jones. “My goal as a voice teacher is not only to provide tools to build a strong vocal technique but also to instill a love of music and performance through mentorship that will inspire the best singers and artistic leaders of the future. My teachers and mentors trained my voice and nurtured my ambition, enabling me to stand on the greatest opera stages and sing, gratefully and joyfully. I know that SFCM is the best place I, in turn, can help nurture and realize artists’ goals. My enthusiasm for this new teaching role is only matched by my excitement for SFCM’s ambitious plans and vision. I want to lead the future of voice study as SFCM is poised to lead the future of music training. Let’s get to work!”
Described as a “superb singer and artistic presence,” Rhoslyn Jones has established herself as an important presence on the operatic and concert stages of the world. Hailed as “The delicious diva," Jones captivated the audience with her “unforgettably powerful voice” in her role debut in Vancouver Opera’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro. As the Countess, Rhoslyn Jones imparted “a grace and dignity that prevent[ed] her from descending into the mould of the stereotypical wronged woman, and [allowed] her to become a relatable individual for a modern audience. Ms. Jones is a joy to watch and reason alone to see the show.” Equally passionate about her own singing and the future of singing, Jones is a champion of arts education and works to promote young singers and their training through her multiple teaching jobs and as the co-founder of the Bay Area Vocal Academy.
Career highlights include multiple roles at San Francisco Opera including covering Tosca in their new production of Puccini’s masterpiece, and Strauss’ Elektra where Jones stood out as the “compassionate Fifth Maidservant, singing in a shimmering, ringing soprano.” As Musetta in La bohème at both Arizona Opera and Pittsburgh Opera, “her true genius vocally came through in the final scene when she reunites the near-death Mimi with Rodolfo. Her voice was powerful and nuanced, particularly in the upper register, but it was the sheer humanity she brought to the scene that earned her the audience’s resounding applause.” One of Jones’ favorite roles has been the Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro which she starred in at both Vancouver Opera and Opera Santa Barbara where her voice was “full, rounded, and flooded with heartbreak.”
Other roles include Tatyana in Eugene Onegin at Vancouver Opera, Mimi in La bohème at Pacific Opera Victoria, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Chicago Opera Theater, and the title role in Floyd’s Susannah at Arizona Opera. A busy concert singer, Jones has also appeared with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, American Philharmonic, Anchorage Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet Orchestra, Philadelphia Pops Orchestra, Sacramento Orchestra, Santa Rosa Symphony, Silicon Valley Symphony, and Vancouver Symphony.
As a part of the prestigious Adler Fellowship Program at San Francisco Opera, Jones’ voice was described as “luscious, and her soul opens forthrightly and generously to the audience.” She created the role of Julia Grant in the world premiere of Philip Glass’ Appomattox, appeared as Frasquita in Carmen, Yvette in La Rondine, and as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. She also covered the role of Roxane opposite Placido Domingo’s Cyrano de Bergerac.
Jones attended the famed Curtis Institute of Music where she received her Diploma in Opera Performance. She received her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music at The University of British Columbia. She attended the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, and was chosen to attend the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera twice before being selected for a coveted spot in the Adler Fellowship.
Jones has served on the vocal faculty of the University of British Columbia and Sonoma State University, as well as an Artist-in-Residence at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. Her students have been accepted into the best schools in the country, and have won various major competitions under her tutelage.
As the co-founder of the Bay Area Vocal Program (BAVA), Jones has built an organization that provides comprehensive vocal training for talented young singers, preparing them for college and a career in classical music. BAVA partners with world class solo artists and Bay Area arts organizations to offer professional performance experience and mentorships in all areas of the singing field.