When Soprano Elizabeth Koontz sang her first solo at the age of 5 in a Sunday morning church service, a life-long passion of singing and music was ignited. Her rich, crystal clear voice has been heard in opera houses and concert halls nationwide. Her interpretations of standard and modern repertoire have garnered praise from critics such as Opera News, who describe her as a “Strong, Stirring and Agile Soprano,” and “Golden-Voiced.”
After many years of performing, Ms. Koontz settled in her hometown of Cincinnati, OH in 2014, where she teaches private voice and piano lessons in her home studio. Elizabeth has been teaching for 13 years, and she enjoys teaching people of all ages and levels of proficiency. Please visit the "Voice and Piano Studio" page for more information about lessons!
In the Cincinnati area, Elizabeth has been a soloist with many local churches, including Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, the Indian Hill Church, and the Vineyard Cincinnati Church. She has sung twice with the Middletown Civic Chorus and Orchestra as the Soprano Soloist in Handel's Messiah. Active in her community, Ms. Koontz regularly sings for official Village of Mariemont events such as the Fourth of July Parade and the Annual Memorial Ceremony for September 11 Victims.
Before moving back to her hometown of Cincinnati, Elizabeth was an active performer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Koontz was chosen to sing a private concert for the Late Mayor Edwin Lee in celebration of his daughter's engagement. Ms. Koontz was the featured performer at Bayview Opera House for several community events, and she was the soloist at the Wreaths Across America Ceremony at Presidio National Cemetery in honor of America's veterans. Ms. Koontz also sang with the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra with great acclaim under Maestro Michael Morgan as the Soprano Soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Ms. Koontz won First Place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Ohio/Indiana/Kentucky Regionals in 2008 and 2009. She was in the Young Artist Program of Opera Theater of Saint Louis in 2008 and Central City Opera in Colorado in 2007. Elizabeth has a Master of Music in Voice from Indiana University, where she performed several roles with the Indiana University Opera Theater, including Tytania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Pousette in Manon, and Fiakermilli in Arabella. Ms. Koontz made her opera debut as Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress with Bel Canto Northwest in Portland, Oregon in 2003.