Connection through choral music
Kathleen Ballantyne made her debut as a composer with Women's Works of Ithaca in March 2014 with Petition, a choral work based on an 1874 petition to the US government in support of women's suffrage. Recent premieres of her works include “Because My Love is Come to Me” with the NYSSMA Zone 2 Area All-State Jr. High Women's Chorale and “Pirate Story” with the Ithaca Children and Youth Chorus. Her music is published by Alfred Music Publishing and Heritage Music Press.
An active clinician and music educator, Ms. Ballantyne is an instructor at the Ithaca College School of Music and a popular guest conductor at festivals throughout New York State. In 2015, she was appointed the conductor of Intermezzo, the intermediate choir of the Ithaca Children and Youth Chorus. Ms. Ballantyne is also the owner/founder of Forte Music Editing, which provides music editing, engraving, and proofing services for music publishers and independent composers throughout the country. She is a frequent contributor to music education publications, including Activate! magazine.
Previously, Ms. Ballantyne taught choral music and theater at Johnson City High School in upstate New York, which received repeated national recognition as a Grammy Signature School and a Best Community for Music Education during her tenure. A graduate of Ithaca College and the Irish World Music Centre, she holds degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance, as well as Chant and Ritual Song.