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Courtney Snyder

Associate Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Courtney Snyder is associate director of bands and assistant professor of conducting at the University of Michigan, where 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. Under her direction, the Concert Band was invited to perform at the College Band Directors Association North-Central Division Conference. 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 conductor of the Concert Band and associate conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and taught courses in conducting, music education, and brass methods. While in Omaha, Snyder served as Music Director for the Nebraska Wind Symphony, which, also under her direction, was invited to perform at the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Annual Conference. Prior to directing college ensembles, Snyder taught high school and middle school band and orchestra in the Michigan public schools.

Snyder is requested nationally as a clinician and guest conductor. She has presented at national and international conferences including the Midwest Clinic, World Association of Symphony Band Ensembles, College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, and Women Band Directors International, as well as many state conferences around the country. Her current projects include research in conducting movement kinesiology, promoting equity through programming and commissioning works by women and minority composers, and building a strong community of women band directors. She is president-elect of Women Band Directors International and serves on the editorial board for The Woman Conductor journal.

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. She earned 2nd Place of the 2017-2018 American Prize in Conducting, Band/Wind Ensemble Division Competition and was awarded the “Citation of Excellence” award by the National Band. She is a member of College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Women Band Directors International, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Snyder earned a music education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BME) and conducting degrees from Baylor University (MM) and the University of Michigan (DMA).

Bio last updated September 2018


BS Ed (music education), Indiana University of Pennsylvania
MM (conducting), Baylor University
DMA (conducting), University of Michigan

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