M.M. Indiana University
Mr. Ontko has served as the Music Director/Organist at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption since 1994 where he is the organist for all masses and directs the Basilica Choir, Handbell Choir, and Cantors.
He is also a Music Specialist at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School, where he teaches general music for preschool through fourth grades, and handbell choir and instrumental music for fifth through eighth grades.
Mr. Ontko received a master’s degree in music (Trumpet Performance) from Indiana University. He was a student of Bernard Adelstein (Cleveland Orchestra) and John Rommel (Louisville Orchestra). He also received a bachelor of music degree (Music Education) from Capital University.
Mr. Onko played with the Camerata Orchestra of Bloomington, IN. He is principal trumpet with River Cities Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Marietta College orchestra’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.