Nicholas R Jones


Contact Information

[email protected]


Berkeley, California

Early Music Skills & Interests

Recorder, Viola, Viola Da Gamba, Violin, Voice - Tenor

Early Music Affiliations

Advocate, Board Member -Other, Educator, Journalist, Performer, Writer


Nicholas Jones, Professor of English at Oberlin College, is a teacher, lecturer and performer in the Bay Area of California. He is the author of a book about Italian madrigal texts, A Poetry Precise and Free. He is a former member of the board of Early Music America. He is active in reviewing musical events in the California Bay Area, and is President of Tactus SF, a Bay Area Renaissance choir, and sings in its tenor section. 

He is the translator of 150 madrigals by G. B. Guarini in a book called A Poetry Precise and Free: Selected Madrigals of Guarini (U. of Michigan Press), and his transltion of Jacopo Sannazaro's Arcadia is forthcoming in spring 2025 (also from U. of Michigan). Many of his translations can be found on the Choral Public Domain Library ( 




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