Vernon Snyder is an organist and collaborative pianist based in Memphis, Tennessee. He has performed widely throughout the United States, as well as Korea, Taiwan, and live radio broadcast (Classical King FM Seattle), and has performed world premiers of works by award-winning composers Tom Hiel and Kevin Garnica. Dr. Snyder has held faculty positions at Pomona College and CSU Pomona, and is author of An Introduction to Music (Great River Learning, 2017), an interactive, university-level eBook. He has served as board member, competition judge, and honorary performer with the Lino Music Society, which hosts competitions and educational outreach programs in El Salvador. He currently holds the post of Organist-Choirmaster at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee.
Dr. Snyder holds degrees from Southern Oregon University (BA, Music Performance, Music Education), California State University, Long Beach (MM, Music Performance), and Claremont Graduate University (DMA, Music Performance), and holds the Colleague Certificate (CAGO) from the American Guild of Organists. He is the recipient of 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, with primary piano studies with Alexander Tutunov, Shun-lin Chou, and Nadia Shpachenko, and harpsichord with Robert Zappulla.