Vernon Snyder 



    D.M.A., Piano Performance, Claremont Graduate University (piano studies with Nadia Shpachenko, harpsichord studies with Robert Zappulla ), Claremont, California, 
2011, Doctoral paper:  

        “Evidence of Influence of Tchaikovsky and his Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50, in Rachmaninoff’s Élégiaque trio in D minor, Op. 9”

    M.M., Piano Performance, California State University, Long Beach (piano studies with Shun-Lin Chou), Long Beach, California, 2007, Project paper:  

        “A Study of Religious Symbolism in Johann Sebastian Bach’s ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’”
    B.A., Music Performance and Music Education, Southern Oregon University (piano studies with Alexander Tutunov), Ashland, Oregon, 2005

    Awards and Honors 

    Wall of COOL (Celebrating Outstanding Opportunities for Learning) Award, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, November, 2018

    Rudolph Polk Memorial Award, Claremont Graduate University, first place in graduate division, Claremont, California, February, 2011
    Kenneth Fiske Music Fellowship, Claremont Graduate University, awarded October, 2009
    Fernandez Prize in Music, Claremont Graduate University, awarded May, 2009
    Graduate Tuition Fellowship, Claremont Graduate University, 2008-2011
    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Long Beach, California, May, 2007
    Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Long Beach, California, May, 2007
    Keyboard Area Scholarship, California State University, Long Beach, 2005
    Music Teachers National Association Student Achievement Award, Ashland, Oregon, 2005
    Evans Family Music Performance Scholarship, Southern Oregon University, 2002-2005
    Finalist, Oregon Junior Bach Festival Competition, 2001
    First Place, Academic Masters Competition (music portion), 2001
    First Place, Academic Masters Competition (music portion), 2000


    An Introduction to Music, Great River Learning, 2017 (an interactive digital publication for use in the university classroom)

    Selected Experience 

    Lecturer, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Fall 2011-present

  • Teach courses in piano/group piano, music appreciation, and music fundamentals
  • Create and revise syllabi, choose textbooks
  • Hold office hours

    Collaborative Pianist/Assistant Conductor, Claremont Chorale, Claremont, California, 2019-present

  • Provide keyboard accompaniment for weekly rehearsals and performances throughout the concert season

    Director of Music, Organist, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Covina, California, 2019-present

  • Direct the Parish Choir in repertoire of the Anglican/Episcopal tradition
  • Provide organ music for Sunday Eucharist, Solemn Evensong, and other events
  • Manage paid choral section leaders
  • Oversee all musical planning and maintenance of musical instruments and resources

    Director of Music, Organist, First Christian Church, Pomona, California, 2018-2019

  • Directed the Sanctuary Choir and other ensembles
  • Provided organ/piano music for weekly services
  • Oversaw all musical planning and maintenance of musical instruments and resources​

    Collaborative Pianist, Peter Mark Masterclass Series, Beverly Hills, California, Summer 2017, Spring 2018

  • Assisted as collaborative pianist in opera masterclasses presented by Peter Mark and Lillian Groag

    Organist, St. Philip the Apostle, Pasadena, California, 2017-2018

  • Played organ for 11:00AM choral mass and additional services
  • Assisted at choral rehearsals and performances
  • Coordinated with section leaders and cantors

    Staff Accompanist (formerly Music Director), Claremont School of Theology, 2011-2017

  • Conducted, rehearse, and choose repertoire for the CST Community Choir for performances through the academic year
  • Provided keyboard accompaniment for chapel services and official functions
  • Performed solo or collaborative concerts each semester

    Lecturer, Pomona College, Fall 2013-Spring 2014

  • ​Taught studio piano lessons
  • Organized end of semester student recitals

    Director of Music, Organist, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Arcadia, California, 2007-2013

  • ​Directed the Sanctuary Choir and other ensembles as necessary
  • Oversaw all musical planning for the liturgical year
  • Played organ/piano for all weekly services
  • Directed and performed in the Concert Series

    Piano Instructor, Neighborhood Music School, Inc., Arcadia, California, 2010-2011

  • ​Taught private piano lessons for young learners of various skill levels

    Director of Music, Organist, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Whittier, California, 2005-2007

  • ​Directed the Hand Bell choir and Sanctuary Choir
  • Accompanied various choral and instrumental ensembles
  • Played organ/piano for weekly services

    Director of Music, Newman United Methodist Church, Grants Pass, Oregon, 2003-2005

  • Directed the Sanctuary Choir
  • Provided piano accompaniment for various choral and and instrumental ensembles
  • Participated in weekly planning meetings


    Rehearsal Accompanist, opera program, California State University, Long Beach, Spring 2006

  • Provided piano accompaniment for weekly rehearsals 

    Accompanist, Women’s Chorus, California State University, Long Beach, 2005-2006 

  • ​Provided piano accompaniment for weekly rehearsals and choral festivals as needed

    Courses Taught

    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    Senior Project Studio Piano 461

    Studio Keyboard 1750

    Introduction to Music 1000 (traditional, online/hybrid, and online)
    Class Piano 1121A
    Class Piano 1131A
    Class Piano 2121A
    Class Piano 2131A
    Beginning Piano I 114
    Beginning Piano II 214
    Music Appreciation 101

  CSU Pomona Instructional Assessment average score:  1.24*
  *Score obtained by averaging all Instructional Assessments completed by students from the academic years of 2011-2017, rated on a five-point scale where 1 represents “Very Good” and 5 

    very poor"

    Pomona College
    Applied Music (piano), Fall 2013-Spring 2014

    California State University, Long Beach
    Class Piano 120A, Fall 2005
    Class Piano 120B, Spring 2006 

    Cypress College
    Concert Hour (intermittent lecture-recitals by invitation), periodically 2008-2009

    Language Expertise

    TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification (100 hours)​, Oxford Seminars, Fullerton, California, 2015
    German Language Diploma, Institut für Sprachvermittlung, Bonn, Germany, June, 2009
    Zertifikat—Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with concurrent piano studies at the Vienna Konservatorium), German Language Diploma, ActiLingua Academy, Vienna, Austria, June, 2008
    Reading knowledge of German*, Italian*, and Spanish (*as determined by graduate-level written examination)