Mary-Hannah Klontz was Musical Director of the Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg from 2008 until the end of the 2016-17 season. She received a Bachelor of Music Education in French Horn, Piano and Voice from the University of Akron, a Master of Music in French Horn Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from George Mason University.
Dr. Klontz has served as Virginia District XII Choral Chair, Co-Chair of the Kennedy Center Metropolitan Council on the Arts, and President of Creative Motion Alliance. She is a Creative Motion Master Teacher on the faculty of the annual Windswept Summer Music Experience. More information about Creative Motion is found here. Mary-Hannah credits Creative Motion for her musical foundation.
Mary-Hannah is employed in the Arlington Virginia Public Schools, where she has taught vocal music at the elementary, middle and high school levels and served as the Arts Education Specialist. Ensembles under her direction have received the highest accolades and been invited to perform at the Virginia Music Educators Conference, The White House, The National Cathedral and The Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center. She is active as a a guest choral clinician. She is also a mezzo-soprano soloist and chorister, having performed with the Master Chorale of Washington Chamber Singers at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Heinz Hall and Riverside Church. Mary-Hannah’s musical career began as a French Hornist in various orchestras, including the Rochester Philharmonic, Canton Philharmonic, Lexington Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony and Israel Sinfoniettia. She enjoys composing and her composition, Point Me to the Stars, is published with Hal Leonard as part of the Henry Leck Choral Artistry Series. She resides in Arlington with her husband, Paul Klontz, a member of the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets.