Jonathon M. Toni
Jonathon M. Toni is a professional pianist, harpsichordist, organist, Bel Canto tenor, and choral conductor which he is an active performer, collaborative pianist, and music educator/clinician. Mr. Toni has appeared in several operas and musicals including L'Orfeo, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Magic Flute, Cosi Fan Tutte, Rigoletto, Xerxe, Les Miserable, Man of La Mancha, Guys and Dolls, Sweeney Todd, Catz, Chicago, and An American in Paris. Jonathon was chosen distinctly to participate in the masterclasses of Yulia Lipmanovich, Neil Rutman, Steven Glaser, Nelita True, Matthew Hagle, Jorge Osorio, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Nicole Cabell. Mr. Toni also had intensive chamber music coaching with renowned artists Kay Kim, Vadim Mazo, and Nazar Duhzyrn. Jonathon has performed at prestigious concert venues in Chicago, including the Steinway Gallery of Northbrook and Hinsdale, Indian Boundary Cultural Center, Chicago Cultural Arts Center, and the Anderson Chapel of North Park University. Jonathon was given the privilege to give a short recital on Vladimir Horowitz’s piano during its Chicago tour in 2015 at the Northbrook Steinway Gallery. Jonathon's involvement in choral activities consists of being a parish music director & organist and performing professionally with various parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Diocese of Joliet, and Archdiocese of Detroit. His choral repertoire ranges from very early sacred music, including Gregorian plainchants, motets, and organums to various contemporary choral works by Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo. And choral works of the Jazz, Pop, Rock, and Music Theater genres. Mr. Toni holds with distinct honors, a B.M. in Piano Performance with Emphasis in Vocal Studies from Northeastern Illinois University where he studied under distinguished teachers Kay Kim, Susan Tang, Allen Anderson, Elyse Mach, and Kathy Cowan. He is currently a member of the National Pastoral of Musician, American Choral Directors Association, and the Bel Canto Foundation of Chicago. Jonathon's expertise are in Catholic theology, sacred scripture studies, Catholic liturgy, church history, musicology, ethnomusicology, orchestration, composition, sacred music, choral conducting, music education/pedagogy, keyboard performance, and vocal performance.
Education Northeastern Illinois University - B.M. in Piano Performance with Emphasis in Vocal Studies (Cum Laude)
Associations National Pastoral of Musicians (NPM) Bel Canto Foundation of Chicago (BCFC) American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
Genres & Ages Taught Classical, Jazz, Music Theatre, Opera