Jonathon Hampton has been with PBA for over a decade and is the principal conductor of the day school's training choir (Junior Varsity Troubadors) and teaches music theory to all students. He also shares the role of managing discipline, behavior, and wellness for students. Additionally, Hampton helps train after-school choristers in grades one through twelve, particularly the high school a cappella group, Continuum. Hampton also directs the organization's outreach efforts of discovering, diversifying, and developing talented young musicians and connecting with the community.
Having directed choirs for a decade, Hampton has established himself as an accomplished musician and educator. He created a new choral program as Director of Choristers at Grace Church in Newark for two years, and also founded two choirs in affiliation with his Alma mater, Cornell University. He has also been guest conductor of Cornell's World Music Choir, the choirs of Trinity Wall Street (New York, NY), Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church (New York, NY), Trinity Church (Princeton, NJ), St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Englewood, NJ), the Cathedral of Christ the Light (Oakland, CA), and Lafayette Christian Church (Lafayette, CA). Hampton also spent five years with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, producing music education and community programs and resources, annually serving over 400,000 students, teachers, and young professional artists across the globe.
Classically trained and influenced by the blues and gospel music of his hometown Chicago, Hampton has over 20 years of performing experience and sings sacred and secular music as an alto, tenor, and baritone. On the East Coast he has sung with acclaimed ensembles such as Early Music New York, St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, and Big Apple Baroque. In the Bay Area he has performed with the likes of American Bach Soloists, Schola Adventus, Marin Baroque, Schola Cantorum San Francisco, the San Francisco Bach Choir, and with the choirs of Grace Cathedral, Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, and the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Hampton specializes in early and sacred music, African-American spirituals, contemporary popular repertoire, and in the areas of media and communications. Learn more at JonHampton.com