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Vernon Snyder, Piano

Vernon 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).  During his studies, he was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Societies, and received 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 has studied piano with Alexander Tutunov, Shun-lin Chou, and Nadia Shpachenko, as well as harpsichord with Robert Zappulla.  In 2008, he studied German at the ActiLingua Academy in Vienna, Austria, with concurrent piano studies at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität.  In 2009, he completed an additional German language certificate at the Institut für Sprachvermittlung in Bonn, Germany.


While residing in Oregon, Dr. Snyder served as Director of Music Ministries at Newman United Methodist Church in Grants Pass.  Since relocating to southern California, he served as organist and Music Director at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Whittier, as well as Our Savior Lutheran Church in Arcadia, where he established and frequently performed in a concert series which offered monthly performances September through May.


Dr. Snyder maintains an active concert schedule which encompasses both solo and collaborative repertoire, and currently accompanies the newly-founded Los Angeles-based vocal duo, Duetto.  

 

As an avid music educator, Dr. Snyder has taught at California State University, Long Beach, and delivered numerous lecture-recitals at Cypress College during Concert Hour.  He is currently lecturer at Pomona College and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, as well as Music Director at the Claremont School of Theology.   
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