Mr. Larry Kuntz, Director

Mr. Larry Kuntz has been teaching music at South Western since 2002. Before that, he taught music in the Hanover Public School District for ten years and in the Corning-Painted Post (NY) Area School District for three years. He holds degrees in music education from Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA and VanderCook College of Music (VCM) in Chicago, IL. While at Mansfield, Kuntz was a Presser Foundation Scholar, and his performance of the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto won first prize in the Kreuscher Performance Scholarship Contest.  Since graduating from VCM, he has completed post-graduate work in conducting at VCM and at the University of South Carolina, where he participated in the prestigious Conductors’ Institute of South Carolina. In addition to his music studies, Kuntz also holds a Master of Education degree in educational administration from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

     Very active in the community music scene, “Maestro” Kuntz (as he is known) was Music Director of the Hanover Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2011, and he is currently Music Director at Grace United Methodist Church in Hanover, a position he has held since 2007. As an educator, Mr. Kuntz has been listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Who’s Who in America, and he has been the subject of a WITF-sponsored Great Teacher Essay written by one of his high school students – all on multiple occasions. Because he is a firm believer in the philosophy that the best music teachers are the ones who remain musically active themselves, Mr. Kuntz maintains a rigorous performing schedule. He is a former member of the Hershey Symphony Orchestra in Hershey, PA and the Corning Philharmonic Orchestra in Corning, NY, and he currently performs with the Black Rose Brass Quintet, Keystone Brass, Grosse String Quartet, Hanover String Quartet, and the York Symphony Orchestra in York, PA. When not making music, Maestro Kuntz enjoys spending time with Mrs. Kuntz and their three children Scott, Trevor, and Olivia, and his loyal dog, Max.