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Alfred Kunz: Biography

Alfred Kunz
1929 - 2019
Region: Ontario

Alfred Kunz

ALFRED KUNZ is a noted Canadian composer, choirmaster, conductor, arranger, and music publisher. Mr. Kunz was born in Neudorf, Saskatchewan in 1929 of German parentage. His early music studies took place first in Kitchener, Ontario and then in Toronto. Later, as a teenager in Ontario, he told his friends he was going to be a composer, before he even “knew what a composer was”. Since his youth he has had a significant impact on the musical heritage and culture of the local community. Following this he spent from 1964-65 studying composition and conducting in Germany (Staatsexamen, Mainz). Upon his return to Canada he was appointed Director of Music at the University of Waterloo where he remained until 1979.

Since leaving the University he has been working as a free agent, composing, arranging and conducting. In 1980 he formed his own music publishing house.

Although his major creative output has been choral, his music covers all genres of writing. Since 1980 he has written numerous works for orchestra, concert band, string orchestra and choral music for school room use. Compared to his early writing, Kunz has settled on a more conservative style.

Today, Kunz has seen many of his childhood dreams come true. He has composed numerous original works, including orchestral and chamber music, operas and operetta, oratorios, choral works and many songs. His expert musical stewardship has allowed many individuals across Canada to experience the joy of making, as well as listening to, music: classical, contemporary, folk, and sacred music.




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