The Woman as Band Director: Cultivating Success on and off the Podium
- Women comprise approximately 15% of high school and college band director positions combined perhaps because a majority of women perceive balance of career and family to be a significant obstacle at these levels. Despite this, more women are choosing both and succeeding. A panel of six women high school and college band directors at different career stages discuss how they have found a career home in this field while also working to maintain balance in their personal and family lives.
- Courtney Snyder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 12/16/2016 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
- Dr. Courtney Snyder joined the conducting faculty of the University of Michigan in 2014 as Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor, where she directs the Concert Band and teaches undergraduate conducting. She also directs the Michigan Youth Wind Band, a group of select, auditioned high school students from local music programs. Previously, Snyder served as the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where she directed the “Maverick” Marching Band and Concert Band, was associate director the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and taught courses in music education and conducting. While in Omaha, Snyder also served as Music Director of the Nebraska Wind Symphony, which was selected to perform at the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Conference.
Snyder taught instrumental music in the Michigan public schools for six years. She has presented numerous sessions on conducting movement and technique and guest conducts throughout the United States. She is published in Music Educators Journal, School Band and Orchestra Magazine, American Concert Bands Journal and several volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.