As a classically-trained harpist, DANIELLE KUNTZ (she/her) has always gravitated toward new and under performed music. Fueled by her desire to make the harp more accessible to non-harpist composers, she has built a growing library of harp writing resources. Her YouTube channel is followed by composers and orchestrators around the world and includes tutorial videos on writing for the harp and reviews of standard harp excerpts. Danielle also works with composers to assist them in refining their harp writing. She regularly commissions new music and has premiered numerous compositions in both live and virtual settings. Recent collaborators include Griffin Candey, Kincaid Rabb, and Michael Kahle. Danielle is also the harpist for the Midwest-based new music ensemble, The_____Experiment.
Danielle is an advocate for new music within the harp community and seeks to encourage harpists to move beyond their comfort zone. She believes that it is essential for the longevity of the harp for performers to collaborate with composers to expand and diversify the existing harp repertoire. She has deep ties with the harp community through her experience as a Harp Sales Specialist for Lyon & Healy West and Customer Service Specialist for Harp Column.
Danielle holds a Master of Music degree in Harp Performance (2017) with a related field in Music Theory from the University of North Texas. She also earned two Bachelor of Music degrees (Harp Performance and Music Theory). Danielle studied with Dr. Jaymee Haefner with additional studies from Elzbieta Szmyt, Elizabeth Hainen, and Dr. Rosanna Moore.
Danielle currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and daughter.