Faculty & Staff Profiles

Courtney Snyder

Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music

Courtney Snyder joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2014 as associate director of bands and assistant professor of conducting. She directs the Concert Band, teaches conducting, and directs the Michigan Youth Wind Band, a group of select, auditioned high school students from area high schools. Previously, Snyder served as the assistant director of bands and director of Athletic Bands at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where she directed the “Maverick” Marching Band, was the conductor of the Concert Band, associate conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and taught courses in conducting, music education, and brass methods. Additionally, while in Omaha, she served as music director for the Nebraska Wind Symphony which was selected to perform at the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Annual Conference.

Dr. Snyder is nationally sought-after as a clinician and guest conductor. Current research interests are in conducting movement and its effect on ensemble sound and for providing necessary support to current and future women band directors. She has presented at the Midwest Clinic, international WASBE conference, national CBDNA and CMS conferences, and serves as a mentor for Maestra Network.

Snyder is published in Music Educators Journal, several volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band School Band & Orchestra Magazine, and Association of Concert Bands Journal and was recently awarded the “Citation of Excellence” award by the National Band Association. She is a member of College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Pi Kappa Lambda.


DMA, University of Michigan
MM, Baylor University
BS Ed, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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