January 16, 2003
Prestigious Commission Awarded to Southampton College Professor
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Dr. Daniel Koontz, a composer and professor of music at Southampton College of Long Island University, has been awarded a prestigious commission from The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. The award is among the highest honors in the classical music field.
Koontz, along with eleven other recipients from around the United States, was notified of his $10,000 award in November. He plans to use the award money to write a new piece of music for Sequitur, a New York City-based contemporary chamber music ensemble known for its innovative cabaret programs.
At Southampton, Koontz teaches classes in music theory, history, and piano. He directs the chorus and instrumental ensemble, and also served as music director for recent The Southampton Players productions of "Cabaret" and "A Chorus Line." This summer he will preside over the group's staging of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."
The Fromm Music Foundation joins others in recognizing Dr. Koontz's compositions.
Last year he was awarded a residency at the Macdowell Colony, an artists colony located in Peterborough, New Hampshire and in 2001 he was honored with a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
Dr. Koontz's instrumental compositions have also won several awards from organizations such as the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the Society of Composers Inc. Koontz has received numerous commissions including the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, and from Ensemble 21, a Columbia University-based contemporary chamber ensemble.
Dr. Koontz's music has been featured at new music festivals and he has recently begun work on a commission for the Choral Society of the Hamptons. This past fall, Dr. Koontz' work was performed in a special performance at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton.