Violist Maggie Snyder is Professor of Viola at the University of Georgia, Principal Violist of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, with whom she records for Naxos, and is on the Artist-Faculty of the Brevard Music Festival. She has performed solo recitals, chamber music, concertos and as an orchestral musician throughout the United States and abroad in such halls as the Kennedy and Kauffman Centers, all three halls at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Spivey Hall, and the Seoul Arts Center, and in Greece, Korea, the UK, and Russia. She has performed under the batons of Yuri Temirkanov, David Zinman, Robert Spano, Leonard Slatkin, James dePriest, Julius Rudel, James Conlon, Keith Lockhart, and Michael Tilson Thomas, and at such festivals as the Brevard Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival where she was a Time Warner Fellow. In 2001, Ms. Snyder was a semi-finalist at the 8th Primrose International Viola Competition and made her recital debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with her sister duo, Allemagnetti in 2009. The group was called a "winning pair" with a "highly promising debut" by the New York Concert Review.
She has performed chamber music with members of the Cleveland, Jupiter, and Tokyo Quartets, Peter Frankl, Soovin Kim, Jonathan Carney, the Aspen String Trio, Jon Manassee, Ivo Van der Werff, Itamar Zorman, and Norman Kreiger, and looks forward to upcoming concerts with Joseph Kalichstein, the Parker Quartet, and Joseph Lin, at the 2022 Athens Chamber Festival. Her solo recordings, Modern American Viola Music and Allemagnetti – Music for Viola and Harpsichord are represented exclusively through Arabesque Recordings and available through iTunes and amazon.com, and on Spotify. Her solo recording Viola Alone: Old New and Borrowed was released on Arabesque Records in 2018 and features the premiere of a new commission for Ms. Snyder by Libby Larsen. She was the 2018 recipient of the University of Georgia’s Creative Research Medal in the Arts and Humanities for her project commissioning and recording new works for viola. Her latest recording featuring the works written for her by Leonard “Chic” Ball titled Worlds Translucent with Tim Lovelace and Michael Heald, was released on PARMA in 2019. She has an upcoming recording scheduled for 2022 featuring new works for solo viola commissioned by Gity Razaz and Gabriela Lena Frank, along with wining scores from her international 2019 and 2020 Calls for Scores by American women composers. The entire project of commissions and resulting commercial recording is a celebration of the 2020 Centennial of the 19th Amendment and 100 years of Women’s Voting Rights, through the creating of new works for solo viola by American women composers.
Ms. Snyder has given master classes, clinics, and recitals at universities and music schools throughout the country and abroad, including the University of Surrey in the UK, the Daejeon Philharmonic in South Korea, and the Universities of Michigan, Colorado, Ohio State, Minnesota, Michigan State, Tennessee, South Carolina, Memphis, Interlochen, Hartt, among others. Ms. Snyder earned graduate degrees from The Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she was the teaching assistant for Victoria Chiang. Her Bachelor's degree is from her hometown school, The University of Memphis, where she was a Pressar Scholar. More information is available at her website, www.maggiesnyder.com.
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Ms. Snyder has given masterclasses, clinics, and performances at universities and music schools throughout the country, including Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman, Hartt, The University of Rochester, The University of Tennessee, The University of Kentucky, and the University of South Carolina, among others. She earned the Masters and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she was the teaching assistant for Victoria Chiang. Her Bachelor's degree is from the University of Memphis, where she was a Pressar Scholar. Her principal teachers have been Victoria Chiang, Heidi Castleman, and Lenny Schranze. She has been the president of the Alabama Orchestra Association, and on the board of the Alabama Music Educator's Association, the state chapter of Music Educator's National Conference.