Kathleen O’Connor-Ballantyne is a composer, conductor, and editor. She made her debut as a composer with Women’s Works of Ithaca in March 2014 with “Petition,” a choral work based on a 1874 petition to the US government in support of women’s suffrage. Recently, she has guest conducted premieres of her own works with the Rochester Area All-State Junior High Women’s Chorale and Siena College Chamber Singers. Her works have been published by Alfred Music and Heritage Music Press. Ms. O’Connor-Ballantyne is the owner/founder of Forte Music Editing, which provides music engraving, editing, and proofing services for major music publishers and independent composers. Previously, Ms. O’Connor-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. She is an active guest clinician and voice teacher, and currently serves as a board member of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble. A graduate of Ithaca College and the Irish World Music Centre, Kathleen O’Connor-Ballantyne holds degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance, as well as Chant and Ritual Song. Her website address is www.kathleenballantyne.com