About

Mark Snyder is a composer, performer, producer, songwriter, video artist, and teacher living in Jacksonville, Florida. He is dedicated to writing, recording, and performing great art and helping students and collaborators achieve the same.

Snyder’s multimedia compositions have been described as “expansive, expressive, extremely human” soundscapes that envelop the listener, getting the attention of both performers and audiences who might otherwise resist listening to “computer processing.” His works have been performed at festivals and conferences nationally and internationally, including SEAMUS, SCI National, Ball State New Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, New Instruments in Musical Expression, and Third Practice, as well as in hundreds of colleges and galleries. In addition to being a frequent guest artist and lecturer, he is dedicated to hosting inclusive and eclectic electroacoustic conferences as the Artistic Director of the Electroacoustic Barn Dance (2011 – present), Electroacoustic Juke Joint (2007 – 2010), and Imagine 2 (2004 – 2006) festivals, and as the Conference Recruitment Officer for SEAMUS.

As a producer, engineer, and performer, his discography ranges from producing the most recent record of Los Wemblers, a Peruvian chicha band, to producing and performing on electroacoustic, pop rock, dream pop, and country records, to playing drums and tuba for Dirtball (country) and One Ring Zero (indie rock). Snyder brings his years of experience in both classical and popular genres to the studio, adding arrhythmic, electronic sparks to country and pop-influenced songwriting and recording ideals to his classical music.

Throughout his career as a professor, he has guided his students to success in music, including a Morton Gould Young Composer Award winner and several finalists, an undergraduate composition voted to the annual SEAMUS CD, a student’s capstone paper published in Metamorphis, and three students taking second place at the Nashville AES Mix Competition. Snyder was also a quarterfinalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the Year in 2016. His former students have continued strong careers as live sound engineers, studio engineers, music technology specialists, and music teachers, and several have continued on to graduate study in music composition.

Snyder earned his DMA from the University of Memphis, his MM from Ohio University, and his BA from Mary Washington College, and is currently Visiting Professor of Music Business at Jacksonville University. He is a member of ASCAP, AES, NARAS, SEAMUS and SCI.

Academic Activity

Teaching

University of Mary Washington - Fredericksburg, Virginia

Assistant Professor of Music, 2011 – present

University of North Alabama - Florence, Alabama

Assistant Professor of Entertainment Industry, 2010 – 2011

Delta State University - Cleveland, Mississippi

Assistant Professor of Music Production & Technology, 2007 – 2010

Current Course Blogs

Education

Mary Washington College - Fredericksburg, Virginia

B.A., Music, May 1997

Ohio University - Athens, Ohio

M.M., Composition, August 2003

University of Memphis - Memphis, Tennessee

D.M.A, Composition, May 2007

Service/Administration

  • Conferences Recruitment Officer, Society for Electroacoustic Musicians in the United States (2016 – present)
  • Founder and Director, Electroacoustic Barn Dance (2010 – present)
  • Founder and Director, Electroacoustic Juke Joint (2005 – 2010)
  • Tennessee Chapter President, National Association of Composers, USA (2005 – 2009)
  • Founder and Director, Imagine II (2003 – 2005)
  • Board Member, Fredericksburg Festival for the Performing Arts
  • Board Member, Rude Mechanicals of Fredericksburg

 

Current Projects

Albums

Production Work

Aaron Taylor

Six-song EP of Southern Gothic folk songs, with performances by Aaron Taylor (vocals/acoustic guitar), John Borchard (pedal steel/baritone guitar), Joshua Camp (piano/accordion). Released in 2015. @thebiggdi

Los Wemblers de Iquitos

Four-song EP of a celebrated cumbia amazonica band from Iquitos, Peru. To be released in October 2016 by Barbes Records.

Malhombre

Sleepy-rock EP of six songs written by Frederic Blasco, former member of Interpol, April March, Depedro and Magnetic Morning, with band members ranging from former members of Sparklehorse to current members of the Richmond Symphony.

West Work

A series of fully-orchestrated, 90’s-inspired rock songs written by my good friend Joshua Camp.

Albums

Other Albums

Bands I’ve played with in the past include One Ring Zero, Dirtball, Easychair, Spike the Dog, Grief Birds, and Edison’s Talking Machine.