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.”
Ms. Koontz recently relocated back to her hometown of Cincinnati, OH where she teaches private voice and piano lessons at her home studio in Mariemont. Elizabeth has been teaching for over 10 years, and teaches people of all ages and all levels of proficiency. Please visit the "Voice and Piano Studio" page for more information about lessons!
In the Cincinnati area, Elizabeth is the Worship Leader at Norwood Grace United Methodist Church and has implemented a youth music program there. She joined local recording artist Charlie Hines and hip-hop artist MC Till in writing and performing an original composition combining rap and opera at Vineyard Community Church. Elizabeth has sung twice with the Middletown Civic Chorus and Orchestra as the Soprano Soloist in Handel's Messiah.
Before moving back to her hometown of Cincinnati, Elizabeth spent some time performing in San Francisco. While in the Bay Area, Ms. Koontz was chosen to sing a private concert for 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 has been the recipient of many awards from voice competitions nationwide. She won First Place two years in a row at The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She was named a Finalist in the 2013 American Traditions National Singing Competition in Savannah, where she presented a concert featuring 12 different genres of music. She was a National Finalist in the Career Bridges Voice Competition in New York City and a National Finalist in the Classical Singer Professional Track Competition in New York City.
Ms. Koontz 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. She was a Young Artist with the Opera Theater of Saint Louis and Central City Opera in Colorado. Ms. Koontz made her opera debut as Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress with Bel Canto Northwest in Portland, Oregon.