About the Musicians
photo of Barbara Jones, Artistic Director

Artistic Director BARBARA JONES, a graduate of Wells College and Brown University, has directed the Stow Chorus and Orchestra since 1979. She has studied choral conducting at Westminster Choir College under Frauke Haussman, Joseph Flummerfelt and others. She has studied orchestral conducting with Harold Farberman at the Conductor's Institute at Bard College and with Helmut Rilling at the prestigious Oregon Bach. Among numerous large choral works presented over the years was the first Boston performance in more than a century of the Mass in E-flat by Amy Beach. This performance was acclaimed by the Boston Globe and has been released on CD by Albany Records. Other major but lesser-known works presented by the chorus have included Berlioz's Messe Solennelle, Robert Levin's edition of Mozarts's Requiem, and the Mass in D by Ethel Smyth. Ms. Jones has also conducted many piano concertos performed by Ernest Goldman, including virtually all of the Mozart concertos, four of the five by Beethoven, and concertos by Brahms and Schumann. She has also conducted violin concertos (Lawrence Franko, violin) by Dohnanyi, Bach, Haydn, Dvorak and Britten; "Butterfly Lovers" violin concerto (Ming-Chi Tsai, violin); and Haydn's cello concerto (Cecilia Lee, cello). Barbara also maintains an active piano studio in Stow.

photo of Pauline Oliver

Accompanist PAULINE OLIVER, with Sounds of Stow since 2009, has had a lifelong career as pianist, harpsichordist, organist, choral director and teacher. She has served as accompanist for several choruses in the area, including Concord Chorus, Master Singers of Lexington and Harvard Pro Musica. An active chamber musician, she has collaborated in concert with many musicians in the Boston area as well as appearing as both piano soloist and orchestral pianist with the Concord Orchestra. A singer herself, she has served as studio accompanist for the late David Blair McClosky and Donna Roll through the McClosky Studios in Boston and for the late Janet Irving at the Longy School of Music. Most recently, she has served as chorus master and piano/vocal coach for the Boston Lyric Opera. Pauline is Music Director and Organist for First Parish in Wayland and maintains a piano/vocal studio in her home in Concord.

photo of Barbara & Ernest

ERNEST GOLDMAN (1913-2014) was co-founder with Barbara Jones of Sounds of Stow and served as pianist and accompanist for several decades. He became well known to audiences in the Stow/Concord area for more than 30 years of solo and chamber music work. Over this period he was soloist in about 26 different piano concertos. He was born in Vienna and received his training from teachers in a direct line leading to Beethoven. Performing music was his main pursuit since retiring from engineering physics in 1983.
Ernest's obituary