Jennifer Snyder


Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder, viola, is in her fourth season as Assistant Principal violist with the Virginia Symphony. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she began her studies at the age of 4. She completed her high school degree at the well-known Interlochen Arts Academy and her Bachelor of Music in viola performance at the Ohio State University. She then went on to receive her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where she studied with Karen Tuttle. While in New York, she became a member of the Vaux String Quartet with which performed quite frequently throughout New York, including Alice Tully and Weill Hall for two years. Ms. Snyder has performed with the Columbus Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Norfolk Chamber Consort, Virginia Chamber Players, Venus Chamber Players and Manhattan Virtuosi. She has participated in many music festivals, including The Breckenridge Music Festival, The National Orchestral Institute, The Aspen Music Festival, The National Repertory Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and The Interlochen Arts Camp. Ms. Snyder is a seven-time scholarship winner of the American Symphony Orchestra League and a grant recipient from ICSOM (International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians). She was also a Diehn Scholar (NY) ASTA scholarship recipient and has also been honored as an Outstanding Young Woman of America. Ms. Snyder continues also to be a strong advocate and advisor for the Sphinx Organization (Music Scholarship Assistance Fund), which aids in the mentoring and financial support of minority student musicians in America.

An enthusiastic educator, Ms. Snyder has been on the viola faculty at Denison University, Christopher Newport University, The New England Music Camp, and the Chamber Music Connection as an instructor, chamber music coach, advisor, and lecturer. She is currently teaching viola at ODU and the Academy of Music where she is also the director of the Chamber Ensemble Program. Ms. Snyder has taught at the Harlem School for the Arts where she was a member of the active West Side String Quartet, which performed as a mentoring ensemble for inner city children. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, writing, singing and has even been seen on a few music videos as well!

Discussion Panels with Jennifer Snyder:

Diversifying the Symphony
2/26/07 - 3/2/07