Assistant Director of Bands / Director of Marching Mavericks
Strauss PAC 206
phone: (402) 554-3602
Courtney Snyder assumed the position of Assistant Director of Bands, Assistant Professor at University of Nebraska, Omaha, in 2009. She oversees all aspects of University Athletic Bands including directing the "Marching Mavs" Marching Band. Snyder directs the University Band, is the Associate Conductor for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches conducting and music education courses, and provides individual conducting instruction to both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to her position at UNO, Snyder is Music Director for the Nebraska Wind Symphony, a community concert band based in Omaha, NE. She also serves as the faculty advisor for the Kappa Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and is an active clinician and adjudicator in Michigan and Nebraska.
Prior to her appointment at University of Nebraska, Omaha, Snyder completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in conducting at the University of Michigan where she studied with Michael Haithcock. She taught instrumental music in the public schools for six years, the latter four of which she served as Director of Bands at Ypsilanti High School. As a public school teacher Snyder directed high school concert bands, jazz bands, marching bands and orchestras, directed middle school bands and beginning bands and served as the pit orchestra director for annual high school musicals. Her ensembles received consistent excellent and/or superior ratings at various contests and festivals at the state, national and international levels.
Dr. Snyder received her Master of Music degree in conducting from Baylor University and her Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she studied with Jack Stamp. In 2010 she was selected to conduct the West Point Concert Band in concert as part of a nationwide conducting symposium. Snyder is published in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Vol. 3, has attended numerous conducting workshops, and is a member of College Band Directors National Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, Nebraska Music Educators Association, College Music Society, Tau Beta Sigma, Kappa Kappa Psi and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honorary Society.