Staff Bios

Jeremy Winston

Jeremy Scott Winston was born on June 1, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born into a musical family, Winston began his musical endeavors singing at his local church, and as a Suzuki violin student at the age of six. Mr. Winston’s musical abilities began to flourish at the Pine Forge Academy in Pine Forge, Pennsylvania. Under the direction of Professor Lloyd Mallory and Jacqueline Winston, Winston was a tenor soloist and assistant conductor of the nationally acclaimed Pine Forge Academy Choir from 1995-1997.

Continuing musical studies in the undergraduate level, Winston went to Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance in May 2001. Mr. Winston continued his education at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland where he received his Masters of Arts Degree in May 2003.

Winston is married to the former Angelique Samuel of Queens, New York. As the Ray Charles Distinguished Chair of Sacred and Choral Music at Wilberforce University, Winston continually embraces hard work, discipline, the love for music and the love of God. Winston is preparing one of America’s oldest African-American collegiate ensembles to emerge a one of the Nation’s top vocal ensembles.


Dr. Everett Jones

Born in West Philadelphia, Everett showed natural talent for music at the age of three, and would pick out notes on his grandmotherís piano while she played hymns. She encouraged his parents to get him piano lessons and bought him one shortly before she passed. Everett began traditional classical study at seven years old.

At the Settlement Music School in Germantown, Philadelphia, Everett studied with Charles Pettaway while completing high school. He quickly learned a large part of the canonized repertoire and went on to Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, where he studied with Veda Zuponcic for six years on a full scholarship. There, he received a Bachelors of Music Degree (Magna Cum Laude) and Master of Music Degree (with a 4.0 G.P.A.). Everett continued his education at the University of Cincinnatiís College-Conservatory of Music; he received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in piano performance with a cognate in composition, at the age of 27. He studied with Elizabeth and Eugene Pridonoff, and the late Richard Fields (also on scholarship). Everett has certificates from the Moscow State Conservatory Summer School, the Prague Master Classes (Jan Deyl Conservatory), and the Belgium International Piano Master Classes.

Dr. Jones is an Assistant Professor of Piano at Wilberforce University, where he teaches Applied Piano, Group Piano, Counterpoint, Music Theory, Music History, and Form and Analysis. He has also taught piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Musicís Preparatory Department, and other courses at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, and Wilmington College. Visit Dr. Jones' personal website at for more info. 


Shelton E. Kilby

Shelton E. Kilby III is a pianist, arranger, composer, lecturer, and Ordained Minister. He has worked with such artists as Edwin Hawkins, Walter and Tramine Hawkins, The Friends Of Distinction, Wintley Phipps, Janice Chandler and many others. In 1995 Shelton was commissioned by Ms. Barbara Conrad (of the Metropolitan Opera) to compose a “setting” of the Negro Spiritual, “LET US BREAK BREAD TOGETHER” as a personal performance for the Pope, during his last visit to America. As a film composer Mr. Kilby was invited by Mrs. Brenda Wood, (Producer), to compose the soundtrack “ RAMESES THE EGYPTIAN PHARAOH” as a feature of her documentary – “A Profile of Remises,” which was sponsored by an NBC affiliate; and won the Angel Award in 1985. He has also collaborated with Mr. Mervyn Warren on HANDEL’S MESSIAH: A SOULFUL CELEBRATION project by Warner Brothers. Recently Mr. Kilby was invited to participate in the making of the musical soundtrack of ARMISTED a Steven Spielberg / John Williams’s Production. Among his classical endeavors Mr. Kilby has served as DIRECTOR OF THE GIRLS CHOIR OF HARLEM AND ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR OF THE BOYS CHOIR OF HARLEM. In 1995 he was commissioned by the LONDON ADVENT CHORALE to compose a work for SATB choir, pipe -organ, and African percussion. The work entitled: “WHO HAS SET THY GLORY” was premiered at the world – renowned ROYAL ALBERT HALL in London, England, and was broadcast by the BBC Network. In 1994, Mr. Kilby was commissioned to compose a work entitled “FREEDOM OVERTURE” for Ms Patti Austin; which was performed by the San Francisco Symphony. He also composed "Sonata For Martin," a work for piano, performed by the composer, ant the world famous Cochran Art Gallery, in Washington D.C. His latest work (in progress) is entitled: “GOLGOTHA”: an Easter Cantata written for SATB Double Choir (in part), pipe organ, symphony orchestra and African percussions. This work is a musical-exegesis on the passion of Christ, from his celebrated entry into Jerusalem to his inauguration before his Father .

Shelton Kilby III was born in Washington D.C. He studied at Howard University, Preparatory School of Music & Columbia Union College. As an accomplished pianist he studied privately in Ida Oberstein, Germany with late Inga Murdoch. Returning to America he matriculated at Los Angeles City College where he studied 20 th century composition, orchestration and arranging with Dr. Richard Simpson (arranger/composer for jazz trumpeter, Ray Anthony). Mr. Kilby is a graduate of Atlantic Union College, in South Lancaster Mass, where he received his BA Degree in Religion, with an emplhasis in Old Testament & New Testament Song. He also did graduate work at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary extension in Nashville, TN. His Masters Degree (in progress) is in Creative Studies: A Comparative Music Research of 18 century Eurocentric Classical Music and 18 century African American Classical Music, at Union Institute and University. He has also received his Certification in the IDI, which is the Intercultural Developmental Inventory, and Certification in the Training Design for Intercultural Sensitivity; from the Intercultural Institute, in Portland Oregon.

As an administrator Mr. Kilby has served as Executive Secretary/ Vice President for Administration, for the Southwestern Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventist.

Currently Mr. Kilby serves as Professor of Music & Culture, Music-Composition and Musical Consultant to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, at Wilberforce University; the nation's oldest African American University in Xenia, OH.