A native of Montego Bay, Jamaica, O’Neil has earned a reputation as a baritone soloist and conductor internationally. Having made his debut as a soloist in 2011, he went on to perform the lead role in Jamaica’s first operetta, 1865, a role he reprised 3 years later in the country’s first full scale opera. An active vocalist, he has been a soloist in several productions of masterworks including Dubois’s Seven Last Words of Christ, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and, most recently, the Fauré Requiem.
Equally interested in the world of opera, Jones’ credits include lead roles in classics from Donizetti’s L'elisir d'amore to Edwin Penhorwood’s modern opera, Too Many Sopranos. His repertoire ranges from Handel to Strauss, Finzi and 20th century composers such as Barber and Okpebholo. As a conductor he is highly interested in Choral Theater and its amalgamation with the recital style of choral production practiced in the Americas.
Jones holds a Master of Music degree, with double emphases in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is currently pursuing a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting and Literature at CU Boulder. When not on-stage, Jones can be found enjoying a concert, listening to a wide array of musical genres from Mozart to Marley, or simply enjoying a day at the beach.