Professor, Director of Choral Activities
Choral Music, Voice, Music
Snyder is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at
Jacksonville University where he directs the University Singers, Men's and
Women's Choirs, and teaches courses in choral arranging, literature, choral
methods and music history.
Dr. Snyder comes to JU from
Colorado where he was Artistic Director of the Boulder Chorale from 2001-2010.
Under his leadership, the Chorale grew from a single community chorus to become
one of the leading choral arts umbrella organizations in the region, serving
200 singers in multiple graded ensembles for children and adults. He led the
Chorale to acclaimed performances of Beethoven, Fauré, Mozart, Bach, Handel and
Orff with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra--collaborations hailed as a
“series of artistic triumphs”.
Distinguishing himself as a
chorusmaster, he has prepared choirs for the Yale Symphony and Philharmonia,
Jacksonville Symphony, Colorado MahlerFest, Colorado Music Festival, and for
notable conductors including Marin Alsop, Michael Butterman, Michael Christie,
Shinik Hahm, Fabio Mechetti, Steven Reineke, Lawrence Leighton Smith and Robert
Olson. He was honored with the prestigious Pacesetter Award in 2008, a civic
award given in recognition of significant contributions to the arts and entertainment
in the city of Boulder. At Jacksonville
University, he was honored with the 2013 Faculty Excellence Award for
Dr. Snyder taught high school in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and served on
the music faculties of Connecticut College and the Yale School of Music. A
strong advocate for music education in our public schools, he established the
Yale Glee Club/New Haven High School Choral Festival, an annual event now in
its ninth year, and established a similar project at Jacksonville University in
2012. Choruses under his direction have toured to most major cities of
the United States, and to Norway, France, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Finland,
Greece, Poland, Italy, and the People's Republic of China. Active as a
composer, his choral works are widely performed and recorded, have earned
recognition in competitions sponsored by the American Choral Directors
Association, the Composer's Guild and Ithaca College, and are published by
Hinshaw Music, Shawnee Press, Lawson-Gould and Santa Barbara Music.
Dr. Snyder is active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator of
choruses, and has directed church music programs in Connecticut and Colorado.
His research on choral literature and performance practice has been presented
to national and regional gatherings of the American Choral Directors
Association, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Boulder Bach
Festival and published in the Choral Journal.
He holds degrees in choral
literature and performance, conducting and music education from the University
of Colorado (D.M.A.), Yale University School of Music and Institute of Sacred
Music (M.M.), and Colorado State University (M.M.; B.M.Ed.).