Associate Director of Bands
University of Michigan
Dr. Courtney Snyder is Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan where she conducts the Concert Band, teaches conducting, and conducts the Michigan Youth Symphonic Band. Previously, Snyder served as the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. While in Omaha, she was Music Director for the Nebraska Wind Symphony. Bands under her direction have been selected to perform at state and national conferences. An active guest conductor and clinician, Snyder is published in several journals: Music Educators Journal, The Instrumentalist, several volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, The Woman Conductor, School Band & Orchestra Magazine, and Association of Concert Bands Journal. She received the Tau Beta Sigma Paula Crider Outstanding Band Director Award, earned 2nd Place in the American Prize in Conducting, Band/Wind Ensemble Division Competition, was given a Citation of Excellence award by the National Band Association and serves on the editorial board of The Woman Conductor. Prior to directing college ensembles, Snyder taught high school and middle school band and orchestra for six years in the Michigan public schools. She is President of Women Band Directors International.
This session leads directors toward a deeper understanding of the best ensemble sound and provides practical methods through which to obtain that sound from students.
This session will navigate the important elements of score study and deepen the conductor's understanding beyond the objective elements that are already on the page.
Navigating 7 misconceptions that inhibit meaningful connection between conductor and ensemble.