"(HIS PERFORMANCE) WAS DEFINITELY A HIGHLIGHT OF THE SEMESTER”
KEYARA FLEECE, MUSIC FACULTY AT GPA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, JEONJU, KOREA
"WE ARE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL TO HAVE HOSTED DR. SNYDER HERE AT CHADWICK INTERNATIONAL. HIS LECTURE RECITAL WAS ENGAGING AND INFORMATIVE FOR ALL AGES. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE CHANCE TO WORK WITH HIM AGAIN IN THE NEAR FUTURE!”
GEORDAN SHERD, PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT CHAIR AT CHADWICK INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, INCHEON, AND PRESIDENT OF THE KOREA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC EDUCATOR’S ASSOCIATION (KIMEA)
Vernon Snyder is a collaborative keyboardist based in the Los Angeles area. He has performed throughout the United States, Korea, Taiwan, and on live radio broadcast (Classical King FM Seattle). Dr. Snyder maintains an active performing profile, including collaborations with the vocal duo Duetto, members of LA Opera and LA Master Chorale, and opera workshops with maestro Peter Mark and Lillian Groag. He also maintains an avid interest in new music, having recently given world premieres of works by award winning composers Tom Hiel and Kevin Garnica. As an educator, Dr. Snyder has held faculty posts at Pomona College, and currently CSU Pomona, and is author of An Introduction to Music (Great River Learning, 2017), an interactive, university-level eBook. He serves as board member, competition judge, and honorary performer with the Lino Music Society, which hosts ongoing educational outreach programs in El Salvador. He is currently accompanist for the Claremont Chorale, as well as organist and music director at historic Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Covina, where he regularly leads professional and volunteers singers in performances of choral music spanning from the Renaissance to present day.
Dr. Snyder holds degrees from Southern Oregon University (B.A., Music Performance, Music Education), California State University, Long Beach (M.M., Music Performance), and Claremont Graduate University (D.M.A., Music Performance), and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Evans Family Music Scholarship, Kenneth Fiske Fellowship in Music, Fernandez Prize, and First Place in the graduate division of the Rudolph Polk Memorial Award. He undertook additional piano studies at the Vienna Konservatorium while completing German language certificates in Austria, and later Germany. He has performed in piano masterclasses with Eduardus Halim, Mack McCray, and Angela Hewitt. His primary piano studies were with Alexander Tutunov, Shun-lin Chou, and Nadia Shpachenko, and harpsichord with Robert Zappulla.