JONATHAN FLOWERS: BIOGRAPHY
Jonathan Flowers is a professional musician and teacher of piano and voice, as well as music theory and composition. His extensive academic and musical background provides students with a well-rounded musical education. Jonathan earned music degrees at Yale University (BA) and the Eastman School of Music (MA). Additional professional studies were completed at the Juilliard School (composition and conducting) and Westminster Choir College (vocal pedagogy, choral pedagogy). He also served as a graduate fellow and Associate Instructor of music theory at the Indiana University School of Music.
Before a recent move to the Philadelphia area, Jonathan taught vocal music and music theory in the New Jersey public schools for ten years. His vocal ensembles at Cherry Hill High School West appeared on network television and won numerous awards at festivals from Boston to South Carolina. Jonathan has also served as a music director for numerous musical theater productions at the middle school and high school level, as well as adult community theater. He has written and taught curricula for music theory and Advanced Placement Music Theory at three high schools. Jonathan has successfully coached numerous students for acceptance to high school honor choirs at the region, all-state, all-eastern, and all-national levels. A number of former students have continued their music education at leading universities (including Yale, Columbia, University of Maryland, Rutgers, University of the Arts, Rowan, and others).
As a professional musician, Jonathan is a published and recorded composer and arranger. His suite Visions in the Dark, was premiered by Grammy-Award winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and recorded by Rebecca Rischin on Centaur Records. The work is available from Dorn Publications. His choral compositions and arrangements have been performed throughout New Jersey. Jonathan has many years of experience as a piano accompanist for singers, instrumentalists, choral ensembles, and musical theater productions. He has conducted musical theater at leading venues, including three summers at the Plays in the Park in Edison, NJ, which is the largest government-sponsored musical theater festival in the state. Current projects include a book on mindfulness in music education, a music theory textbook for AP high school students, and continued work on new compositions and arrangements of choral music.
Jonathan is a certified K-12 music teacher in PA, NJ, and CT. In keeping with his commitment to continuous professional development, he is an active member in NAfME (National Association for Music Education), PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association), MTNA (Music Teachers’’ National Association), and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association). For more information about Jonathan Flowers, see his Mission Statement.