Lorne Jones

1924 - 2000

Lorne Jones taught music at all levels during his career. While still a student at Atlantic Union College during the 1941-1942 school year, he directed the choirs as well as the band and orchestra. From 1942 to 1946, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a chaplain's assistant in the medical corps.

During his time in the service, he directed a glee club that sang at protestant churches near the stateside bases where he served. While on a furlough he met Elaine Gay on the AUC campus. They married in 1946.

Following completion of a B.A. in music at AUC in 1947, he taught for a year there, conducting the choir and men's glee club and teaching conducting and fundamentals of music classes. He also started graduate study in church music.

In 1948, the Joneses became music teachers at Cedar Lake Academy, now Great Lakes Academy, in Michigan, where he chaired the department and she taught piano, positions they held until 1953. During those years he pursued graduate study at Michigan State University.

He served for two years as principal of Battle Creek Academy and then was invited in 1955 to serve as band and choir supervisor for elementary and junior academy schools in the Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Jones completed an M.A. in music at MSU the following year. While in California, he directed choirs and bands in academies in that conference and directed The Ministers Chorus.

Jones served in California for 22 years before becoming music teacher at the Clara Rogers Elementary School in College Place, Washington, in 1977, where he worked until his retirement in 1986. While at CRES, he also taught elementary music methods classes at Walla Walla College, now University, and conducted the Upper Columbia Conference Ministers Male Chorus.

 

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Sources:Biographical Resume on file at the Walla Walla College, now University, music department; biography on the liner for The Ministers Chorus of the Southern California Conference, a Chapel Records release, unknown date; Personal Knowledge.