Guitarist James Hontz studied at the New School of Music and received his B.M. degree in Guitar performance and M.M. degree in Guitar Performance/Music History from Temple University. In March of 2006, he was the third graduate from the Peabody Institute of Music at the Johns Hopkins University with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in guitar performance.
While at Temple, he studied with Allen Krantz and Michael Newman. Currently, Dr. Hontz in of the faculties of Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA), Gettysburg College, Frederick Community College, Lincoln University, and Harford Community College. He has served as a past President of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society.
In addition to his many solo appearances, he is active in chamber music as a member of the Hontz-McDermott Duo (flute and guitar). The Duo was named Special Presentation Winner in the Artist International Carnegie Hall Debut Competition in 1995 and 1996. Their CD, Paseos, features the title track which was written at the request of Dr. Hontz by composer John Carbon. In August of 1996 the Duo was broadcast in a live performance/interview on WNYC in New York City and was followed by a concert tour of the Midwest. Dr. Hontz appears frequently as a featured artist with chamber orchestras and as a soloist.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.M., New School of Music, Temple University
M.M., Temple University
D.M.A., Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University