October 1, 2020

Snyder Nominated for Grammy Educator Award

statue3Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder has been named a quarterfinalist for the 2017 Grammy Educator Award, which is presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. Dr. Snyder is one of 290 quarterfinalists from more than 3,300 nominations.

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. Finalists for the award will be announced in September and the full list of quarterfinalists can be found here.

At the University of Mary Washington, Dr. Snyder teaches Technology for Musicians, the Freshman Seminar Ballades, Beats & Bandcamp, Electronic Music, Audio Recording, Audio Production, Music of Non-Western Cultures, Theory & Skills (1, 2 & 3), MIDI Composition, Great Masterworks, Composition lessons and Orchestration. Since arriving in 2011, he designed the new music curriculum, built the recording studio, the ten seat music production lab and is the creator and director of the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, a three day festival of electronic music and art that brings as many as ninety composers and performers from around the world to campus each year.

Out of the courses Mark has taught at UMW, 47 students have had 85 adjudicated/peer reviewed performances of their works at national conferences in the last four years,119 compositions by 58 UMW composers have been performed 347 times at 124 concerts and 29 UMW student musicians have performed those compositions 194 times at 121 concerts. Highlights have included Austin O’Rourke winning the 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Stephen Hennessey being named a finalist for the 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and Becky Brown’s Hold Still being selected by adjudication to be on the Society of Electroacoustic Composers in the United States CD that will be released by Naxos, the largest major label for classical music, in 2016.

Below is one of the videos submitted for the Grammy Quarterfinalist application and a list of Dr. Snyder’s students’ composition accomplishments for the 2015/2016 academic year.

2015-2016 Student Composition Performances for 2015-2016 FAAR

Total Performances: 95 in 12 states, Germany and China

Adjudicated National: 22

Adjudicated Regional: 8

International: 6

Key:

△Adjudicated ✢Invited ✮International ✻National ❖Regional ❏Local

Becky Brown

Hold Still (Independent Study: Spring 2015) Voted to be included on SEAMUS CD 26 to be released on major label, Naxos.

  • Root Signals Electronic Music Festival, Jacksonville University – FL: Sep 11, 2015 △ ✻
  • West Fork New Music Festival, Fairmont State University – WV: Sep 25, 2015 △ ❖
  • Electroacoustic Barn Dance, University of Mary Washington – VA: Oct 2, 2015 △ ✻
  • Marshall University – WV: Oct 9, 2015 ✢
  • Marietta College – OH: Oct 10,2015 ✢
  • Capital University – OH: Oct 11, 2015 ✢
  • Ohio University – OH: Oct 12, 2015 ✢
  • Electronic Music Midwest, Kansas City Community College – KS: Nov 20, 2015 △ ✻
  • Society of Electroacoustic Composers in the U.S. National Conference, GSU – GA: Feb 12, 2016 △ ✻
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢
  • Society of Composers Inc. Region III Conference, Marshall University – WV: Feb 26, 2016 △ ❖
  • Zeitgeist Gallery Nashville, TN: Feb 28,2016 ✢
  • Eyedrum Gallery Atlanta, GA: Feb 29, 2016 ✢
  • Georgia Southern University – GA: Mar 1, 2016 ✢
  • Women Composers Festival of Hartford – CT: Mar 11, 2016 △ ✻
  • Ball State University New Music Festival – IN: Mar 18, 2016 △ ✻
  • Le Lab Cambridge Gallery Boston, MA: Mar 26, 2016 ✢
  • Rutgers University – NJ: Mar 28, 2016 ✢
  • Brooklyn College International Electroacoustic Music Festival – NY: Mar 31, 2016 ✢
  • Classical Revolution, Richmond, VA: May 15, 2016 ✢
  • Virginia to Beijing, University of International Business and Economics – China Jul 13, 2016 ✮ ✢

Formaldehyde (MIDI Composition: Spring 2012) Released Jan 21, 2014 Internationally on Nature Boy Explorer, One of These Days

  • Colonial Tavern, Fredericksburg, VA: Dec 4, 2016 ❏
  • Spargelfest, Schwetzingen Germany: Jun 11, 2016 ✮
  • Musikschule Bezirk Schwetzingen Germany: Jun 12, 2016 ✮

Underwater (Audio Recording: Spring 2015)

  • Colonial Tavern, Fredericksburg, VA: Dec 4, 2016 ❏
  • Spargelfest, Schwetzingen Germany: Jun 11, 2016 ✮
  • Musikschule Bezirk Schwetzingen Germany: Jun 12, 2016 ✮

Austin O’Rourke

Hazel Colored Nebula (Electronic Music: Fall 2014) 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Award Winner

  • Root Signals Electronic Music Festival, Jacksonville University – FL: Sep 11, 2015 △ ✻
  • West Fork New Music Festival, Fairmont State University – WV: Sep 25, 2015 △ ❖
  • Electroacoustic Barn Dance, University of Mary Washington – VA: Oct 2, 2015 △ ✻
  • UMW Composers Concert, Hurley Convergence Center – VA: Feb 19, 2016 ❏
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢
  • UMW Philharmonic South of the Border – VA: Apr 22, 2016 ❏

Gridlife (Electronic Music: Fall 2014)

  • UMW Composers Concert, Hurley Convergence Center – VA: Feb 19, 2016 ❏
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢

Cloud (Composition: Fall 2015)

  • UMW Composers Concert, Hurley Convergence Center – VA: Feb 19, 2016 ❏
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢

Memory Aberation (Senior Seminar: Spring 2016)

  • UMW Goolrick Pool for Thesis Presentation: Apr 8, 2016 ❏
  • UMW Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium: Apr 22, 2016 ❏

Mitsubishi ad (Technology for Musicians: Spring 2016)

  • UMW Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium: Apr 22, 2016 ❏

Almost but Not (Technology for Musicians: Spring 2016)

  • Spargelfest, Schwetzingen Germany: Jun 11, 2016 ✮
  • Musikschule Bezirk Schwetzingen Germany: Jun 12, 2016 ✮

Stephen Hennessey

Ausgang (Independent Study: Spring 2014)

  • Root Signals Electronic Music Festival, Jacksonville University – FL: Sep 11, 2015 △ ✻
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢
  • Society of Composers Inc. Region III Conference, Marshall University – WV: Feb 26, 2016 △ ❖

Sorrows Weep Not (Independent Study: Spring 2014) 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Award Finalist

  • West Fork New Music Festival, Fairmont State University – WV: Sep 25, 2015 △ ❖
  • Electroacoustic Barn Dance, University of Mary Washington – VA: Oct 2, 2015 △ ✻
  • Society of Electroacoustic Composers in the U.S. National Conference, GSU – GA: Feb 12, 2016 △ ✻
  • UMW Composers Concert, Hurley Convergence Center – VA: Feb 19, 2016 ❏
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢
  • Ball State University New Music Festival – IN: Mar 18, 2016 △ ✻

Mary Paige Rogers

Powers Music (Composition: Spring 2015)

  • West Fork New Music Festival, Fairmont State University – WV: Sep 25, 2015 △ ❖

Psychotropic (Electronic Music Fall 2014)

  • Electroacoustic Barn Dance, University of Mary Washington – VA: Oct 2, 2015 △ ✻
  • UMW Composers Concert, Hurley Convergence Center – VA: Feb 19, 2016 ❏
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢

Con todo mi corazón (Composition Fall 2015)

  • UMW Composers Concert, Hurley Convergence Center – VA: Feb 19, 2016 ❏
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢

Justin Carrico

Fortune Music (Composition Spring 2015)

  • West Fork New Music Festival, Fairmont State University – WV: Sep 25, 2015 △ ❖
  • UMW Composers Concert, Hurley Convergence Center – VA: Feb 19, 2016 ❏
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢

Domesticity (Electronic Music Fall 2015)

  • Electroacoustic Barn Dance, University of Mary Washington – VA: Oct 2, 2015 △ ✻

Michael Prime

Invocation Music (Composition Spring 2015)

  • West Fork New Music Festival, Fairmont State University – WV: Sep 25, 2015 △ ❖
  • UMW Composers Concert, Hurley Convergence Center – VA: Feb 19, 2016 ❏
  • University of Virginia Composer Exchange – VA: Feb 20, 2016 ✢
  • UMW Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium: Apr 22, 2016 ❏

John White

Blink (Private Composition Lessons 2015)

  • Electroacoustic Barn Dance, University of Mary Washington – VA: Oct 2, 2015 △ ✻

Fall 2015 Electronic Music Class Concerts

Electroacoustic Barn Dance: Oct 2, 2015

  • Brie Payne-Werlitz ,Rachel Lee, Flannery Collins, Mya Payne, Joe Cheeks, Everett Rankin, Mona Osmer

Soul Searching Synths UMW Electronic Music Class Concert: Nov 3, 2015

  • Justin Carrico, Brie Payne-Werlitz ,Rachel Lee, Flannery Collins, Mya Payne, Joe Cheeks, Everett Rankin, Mona Osmer

Things You Will Never Understand UMW Electronic Music Class Concert: December 5, 2015

  • Justin Carrico, Brie Payne-Werlitz ,Rachel Lee, Flannery Collins, Mya Payne, Joe Cheeks, Everett Rankin, Mona Osmer

Spring 2016 Undergraduate Research and Creativity Day  Apr 22, 2016

  • Ben Jones: The Right Words to Say (Technology for Musicians Spring 2016)
  • Drake Dragone: Vox Lily (Composition Spring 2016)
  • Cole Mastitis : A Moment’s Hesitation (Composition Spring 2016)
  • Joe Cheeks: Mitsubishi ad (Technology for Musicians Spring 2016)
  • Mya Payne: House (Electronic Music Fall 2015)
  • Daniel Shea: Save Me (Technology for Musicians Spring 2015)
  • Gwen Levey: Caving (Composition: Spring 2016)