Leann Jones has been a collaborative pianist at the University of Arkansas Little Rock since 2007. She studied piano and organ under Harriet O’Neal at Arkansas State University where she earned a BA in Music with an emphasis in piano accompanying as well as a BS in Printing Management. While attending ASU Ms. Jones was the recipient of the Donald R. Minx Memorial Scholarship as well as scholarships for piano, band and printing.
At UA Little Rock, Jones collaborates with numerous voice and instrumental students, the Concert and Chamber choirs, opera workshops and Vocal Arts Festivals. During her tenure she has served as the rehearsal pianist as well as performed in the orchestra for The Magic Flute, Four Saints in Three Acts, Into the Woods, Hansel and Gretl, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Telephone, Il Matrimonio Segreto and The Fantasticks.
Ms. Jones enjoys accompanying both professional and local theater productions. She had the privilege of playing second keys for the national touring companies of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Wicked when they performed at Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock in 2019 and 2020 respectively. At the Arkansas Repertory Theater she played in the pit band for Sister Act in 2017 and Mamma Mia! in 2018. In 2017 she performed in the stage band for Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Murry’s Dinner Theater in Little Rock, and at Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts was the rehearsal accompanist and pit pianist for Annie, Into the Woods, Seussical, and The Wizard of Oz. In 2018 she performed as second pianist in the 2 piano adaptation performance of My Fair Lady for Arkansas Shakespeare Theater in Conway, AR, where she also served as Assistant Music Director for Guys and Dolls in 2019. In local community theater she played keyboard for The Weekend Theater’s production of Bare: A Pop Opera as well as A Chorus Line, Ragtime and Pippin at Argenta Community Theater.
Ms. Jones serves as organist at Christ Little Rock and Park Hill Christian Churches in addition to keyboardist at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in North Little Rock. She accompanies numerous high school and middle school choir concerts in the central Arkansas region throughout the school year. Leann maintains a private piano studio and also teaches at Little Rock School of the Arts and Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts.
In her free time Ms. Jones enjoys performing as a soprano singer and soloist. She studied voice with Julia Lansford, David, Niederbrach and Ferris Allen. She has sung with choirs at Arkansas State University and UA Little Rock and performed with the Topeka Festival Singers, The Arkansas Symphony Chorus, Yuletide Singers, The Arkansas Symphony Chorale and The Arkansas Chamber Singers.