Jonathon completed his Bachelor of Music Performance degree with honours at The University of Melbourne in 2000, during which he was the recipient of the Dame Nellie Melba Award and the Mable Kent Scholarship. Jonathon continued studying vocal performance at The University of Melbourne and completed a Master of Music Performance degree in 2002 under the direction of Merlyn Quaife.
Jonathon began his solo vocal career singing as the male lead of the opera ‘Milushka’, an opera written by the Australian composer Katie Abbott, premiered in Melba Hall in 2001 and broadcast on the ABC Young Australia Program. During the same year he performed this role at the Port Fairy Music Festival where he could also be seen as the lead of the musical ‘Lucky Stiff’. Jonathon began singing with the Opera Australia Chorus in 2002 and the Victorian Opera Company Chorus in 2006.