UMW Music Professor Featured on With Good Reason

October 3, 2016

UMW Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder will be featured on the NPR radio program With Good Reason Oct. 8-14. Titled “Pulitzer100: Caroline Shaw: the Future of Music,” the show takes a look at up-and-coming composers, music education and music legends.

An internationally known musician, songwriter and multimedia composer, Snyder was named a quarterfinalist for the 2017 Grammy Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. He has performed with many different bands in the past 30 years, from rock to jazz to classical. Along with performance tips, he teaches students how to book gigs, sell merchandise, create and promote an album and how to handle life on tour.

His students have averaged 21 performances of their work at adjudicated conferences and festivals every year. Austin O’Rourke won and Stephen Hennessey was a finalist for the prestigious ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Becky Brown’s piece Hold Still will be released on Naxos, the largest of the major classical record labels, later this year.

Snyder’s multimedia compositions have been described as “expansive, expressive, extremely human,” according to With Good Reason.

Snyder, who returned to his alma mater in 2011, teaches courses in electronic music, composition and audio production. He earned a doctorate in music from the University of Memphis, a master’s degree in music  from Ohio University. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the Audio Engineering Society and The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

With Good Reason is a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The show airs weekly in Fredericksburg on Sundays from 1-2 p.m. on Radio IQ 88.3 Digital. To listen from outside the Fredericksburg area, a complete list of air times and links to corresponding radio stations can be found at

Audio files of the full program and its companion news feature will be posted the week of the show on the radio show’s website:


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