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Justine Koontz

Location: Indiana, USA
Seventh generation Marylander Justine Koontz is a composer, conductor, and classical guitarist. Her compositions and arrangements have been performed on the campuses of McDaniel College, Peabody Institute, The Johns Hopkins University, Lehigh University, and the Xian Conservatory, China. Additionally, her music has been performed at the 2010 Festival of Women Composers and the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio.
 
Ms. Koontz received her B.A. in music theory and composition with highest honors (Summa Cum Laude) at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, where she studied composition and choral arranging, classical guitar, conducting, and liberal arts.  She is currently pursuing an M.M in choral conducting at Butler Univeristy in Indianapolis.  When she is not composing, practicing or in a rehearsal, she is likely pursuing one of many hobbies.
 
 
Choral Compositions
 
Hymn to the Belly (text from Carmina Burana) (2013)
SATB and organ
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Impossible Distances (text by Stephen Crane) (2009)
SATB and piano 
or organ
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Three Moon Songs (text by Vachel Lindsay) 
(2009)
  1. The Moon’s the North Wind’s Cooky
  2. What the Fairy Said
  3. Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be
Treble unison and piano 

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there is a time (text by E. E. Cummings, used with permission) (2010)
SSATB and organ 

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On the Wing (text by Christina Rossetti) (2009)
SATB a cappella 

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On the Garden Wall (text by Vachel Lindsay) (2009)
SSA and piano 

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In the Bleak Midwinter (text by Christina Rossetti) (2012)
choral unison and piano
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Choral Arrangements
 
Sinner Man  (African-American Spiritual) (2012)
TTBB a cappella
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Follow the Drinking Gourd (African-American Spiritual) (2008)
SATB a cappella with divisi 

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Black is the Color (American Folk Song) (2008)
SATB and piano 

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Der Frohe Wandersmann (The Joyful Wanderer) (German Folk Song) (2009)
SSA, piano and flute 

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The Three Ravens (Early 17th Century English Folk Song) (2009)
TBB and cello 

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Were You There? (African-American Spiritual) (2013)
Two-part choir and piano
 
Vocal Music
 
The Winter Rain (text by Wendell Berry, used with permission) (2009)
Voice and piano
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Fidelity: Four English Folksongs 
(2011)
  1. Bobby Shaftoe
  2. Dabbling in the Dew
  3. The Turtle Dove
  4. Swansea Town
Voice and piano
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Paradise (poem by Christina Rossetti) 
(2009)
Voice and guitar
 
 
 
 
 

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