Derek Snyder

David Snyder is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Clarinet Performance. While at the University of Michigan, David studied with renowned pedagogue and performer, Fred Ormand and former Cleveland Orchestra clarinetist, Daniel Gilbert. In 2005, David performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City with the University of Michigan Symphony Band, and in 2008, he returned to perform with the University Symphony Orchestra featuring Evan Chamber’s The Old Burying Ground and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. In April 2008, he performed John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 3 “Circus Maximus” with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin.

David is the Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager for the St. Louis Symphony. He was the 2nd Clarinetist for the Erie Philharmonic from 2012-2015, the 2nd Clarinetist for the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2010, and has also substituted with the Canton, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Dearborn Symphony Orchestras. David was a semi-finalist for the New World Symphony’s 2009-2012 seasons. In May of 2009, he performed Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen as a soloist with the Kalamazoo Bach Festival. During the summers of 2009 and 2010, David performed Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor with the Arbor Opera Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In the summer of 2009, David attended the Sarasota Music Festival where he performed in masterclasses with Franklin Cohen, Charles Neidich, and Eli Eban. In the summers of 2006 and 2007, David attended the Hot Springs Music Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he studied with Richard Hawkins.
Other principal teachers include Theodore Johnson, Kenneth Grant, and Richard Hawkins.

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CityMusic Cleveland season opener celebrates life and work of music director’s mentor (preview)

October 18, 2017

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer   CLEVELAND, Ohio – To Avner Dorman, CityMusic Cleveland’s season opener next week is more than just another series of concerts. It’s a chance to reconnect, in arguably the deepest possible way, with an old and dear friend, to honor a mentor he said shaped his artistic identity and set […]

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