Location: Virginia, USA
Mary-Hannah has taught vocal music at the elementary, middle and high school levels and served as Arts Education Specialist in the Arlington Virginia Public Schools. She presently teaches chorus at Swanson Middle School. Ensembles under her direction have received the highest accolades and have been invited to perform at the Virginia Music Educators Conference, The White House, The National Cathedral, Wolftrap International Children’s Festival and The Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center.
Ms. Klontz also serves as the Musical Director of the Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg and is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from George Mason University where she studies with Dr. Stan Engebretsen. She received a Bachelor of Music Education in French Horn with a minor in Piano and Voice, from the University of Akron and a Master of Music in French Horn Performance from the Eastman School of Music. She is active as a guest choral clinician and enjoys composing. Her composition, Point Me to the Stars, is published with Hal Leonard as part of the Henry Leck Choral Artistry Series.
Ms. Klontz’s leadership is demonstrated by her activities as Voices United Festival Chorus Co-Chair, Virginia District XII Choral Chair, Co-Chair of the Kennedy Center Metropolitan Council on the Arts, Virginia ACDA Community Choir Repertoire and Standards Chair and President of the Creative Motion Alliance. She is a Creative Motion Master Teacher and Chair of the Creative Motion Certification Board. Ms. Klontz teaches at the annual Windswept Summer Music Experience and credits Creative Motion for her musical foundation.