Dr. Dena Kay Jones
Dena Kay Jones has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Spain, Italy, Mexico and Canada. Solo performances include recitals at El Centro Municipal de Las Artes in Juarez, Mexico; the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Concert Series (Canada); I Due Archi Music and Art Club in Vasto, Italy and the For the Love of Music Series in Bisbee (Arizona). She participated in the Festival Internacional de Música de Tecla Española (FIMTE) of Almería, Spain in 2007and 2013 and presented at the Fifth International Conference on Design Principals and Practices, held in Rome, Italy (2011). She is a frequent performer of solo and chamber music at various venues within the El Paso, Texas vicinity and is piano faculty, solo and chamber musician at the Orfeo Music Festival held annually in Vipiteno/Sterzing, Italy.
In addition to maintaining a widely varied repertoire from the standard piano literature, Ms. Jones has focused her energies in performance and research of the Spanish piano repertoire. In particular, her interest in this music has led her to focus on lesser-known Spanish piano works written from 1900-1950. Her recitals feature the colorful works of composers like Manuel de Falla, Ernesto Halffter, Isaac Albéniz, Federico Mompou and Xavier Montsalvage. Beginning In 1997, Ms. Jones has presented papers such as Contemporary Spanish Music: The Historical and Political Effects on Research and Musical Language and Politics in Spain: 1900-1950 at numerous institutions and conventions throughout the United States and performs a unique multi-media solo concert which highlights numerous cultural influences within select Spanish, nationalist piano works. She is sought out for her work, opinions and interpretations of this particular canon of piano music.
Her dissertation, The Piano Works of Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999): An Evaluation of Social Influences and Compositional Style, in conjunction with a program featuring some of his solo piano pieces, contributed to the centennial celebration of this great composer's birth. She was an invited guest lecturer and performer at the International Rodrigo Festival, hosted at Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota from November 11-17, 2001. During this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Ms. Jones joined other Rodrigo scholars and performers who presented their research and work, and she also met Rodrigo's daughter and owner/director of the publishing house Editorial Joaquin Rodrigo. As a result of this research, Dr. Jones has presented a lecture-recital about Rodrigo specifically at the Forty-Seventh National College Music Society Meeting in San Francisco, California and again at the 2006 National College Music Society Convention’s Community Engagement inaugural season in San Antonio, Texas.