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Courtney Snyder

Associate Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Courtney Snyder is associate director of bands and associate professor of conducting at the University of Michigan, where she conducts the University Concert Band and teaches conducting, Additionally, she serves as music director of the Michigan Youth Symphonic Band. Under her artistic leadership, the University 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 conducted the “Maverick” Marching Band, conducted the Concert Band, served as associate conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and taught courses in conducting, music education, and brass methods. While in Omaha, Snyder also served as music director for the Nebraska Wind Symphony, which, under her direction, was invited to perform at the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association annual conference. Prior to teaching at the collegiate level, Snyder taught high school and middle school band and orchestra in the Michigan public schools.
Dr. Snyder is an active guest conductor and clinician. She has presented at national and international conferences including the Midwest Clinic, World Association of Symphonic Band Ensembles, College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, and Women Band Directors International. Her current projects include improvisation in the large concert ensemble, conducting movement kinesiology, promoting equity through programming and commissioning works by women and BIPOC composers, and building mentorship and community for female band directors. She is Immediate Past President of Women Band Directors International, serves on the editorial board for The Woman Conductor journal, and is a Conn-Selmer clinician.
Snyder is published in Music Educators Journal, The Instrumentalist, several volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in BandSchool Band & Orchestra Magazine, The Woman Conductor, and Association of Concert Bands Journal. Her chapter “Trailblazers: Five Pioneering Female Band Directors Recount Their Journeys Over the Last 50 Years” in the book The Horizon Leans Forward…Stories of Courage, Strength, and Triumph of Underrepresented Communities in the Wind Band Field was published in December 2020. She received Tau Beta Sigma’s Paula Crider Award, National Band Association’s Citation of Merit, and earned 2nd Place in the 2018 American Prize in Conducting, Band/Wind Ensemble Division Competition.
Dr. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Baylor University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  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.

Bio last updated April 2022


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

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