Bill Shontz, is currently on the faculty of the Brattleboro Music Center in Brattleboro VT. He has also taught at The University of Illinois, Ohio State University, Muskingum College and Bluffton College. He is trained in classical clarinet and received a Master's Degree in flute, clarinet, saxophone and recorder from The Ohio State University. He was Solo Clarinet with The Ohio State Orchestra and Concert Band and with The University of Illinois Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. He has also performed wi
big bands and jazz ensembles. As one critic lauded, "He is a Master of Woodwinds (literally)."
For twenty years Bill was one half of the Nationally acclaimed duo, RosenShontz and has entertained millions of children and their parents throughout the country with his imaginative and witty style of music and humor.
Bill has ten award-winning albums and three videos, one of which was nominated for an Emmy. His first solo album, "Animal Tales", was acclaimed by Billboard magazine as "...the best new kid's release of 1993..." Other awards Bill has been given for "A
mal Tales" are:
1993 Parent's Choice - "Gold Award"
1993 National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) - "Gold Award"
1993 Film Advisory Board's - "Award of Excellence"
American Library Association Award
Parents' Magazine - Parents' Prize 1993 - "The Best in Kids' Entertainment"
Bill's recording, "Teddy Bear's Greatest Hits", won the 1998 Parent's Choice Gold Award for excellence in children's entertainment, the NAPPA Gold Award and won the 1998 Children's Music Web Award in the Best Music for Young Children Category.
"The Day I Read A Book", is designed to encourage children and families in their love of books and reading, and has won the American library Association Gold Award.
Bill is a spokesperson for the environmental groups EARTHWATCH and Green Up Vermont. He is on the roster of Vermont Council on the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts and Meet the Composer, which frequently provide funding grants for sponsors.
Symphony Orchestra Appearances include: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Ma. Symphony Orchestra, Portland ME Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Symphony Orchestra
TV appearances include: The Disney Channel, The Today Show, Live With Kathy Lee and Regis