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 former Conference Recruitment Officer for SEAMUS.

As a producer, engineer, and performer, his discography ranges from producing a 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. He is a member of ASCAP, AES, NARAS, SEAMUS and SCI.

Academic Activity

Teaching

Jacksonville University - Jacksonville, Florida

Assistant Professor of Music Business and Production, 2017 – 2021

University of Mary Washington - Fredericksburg, Virginia

Assistant Professor of Music, 2011 – 2017

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 Courses

  • MUS 195: The Music Profession
  • MUS 205: Applied Composition
  • MUS 315: Music Industry*
  • MUS 317: Music and Intellectual Property Law
  • MUS 318: Artist & Concert Management
  • MUS 319: Record Company Operations
  • MUS 321: Music Entrepreneurship
  • MUS 324: Music Production and Songwriting
  • MUS 327: Dolphinium Records*
  • MUS 344: Acoustics and Recording Techniques
  • MUS 387: Advanced Recording Techniques*
  • MUS 405: Applied Composition
  • MUS 444: Commercial Arranging
  • MUS 446: Commercial Production
  • MUS 453: Topics in Electronic Music
  • MUS 490: Music Business Internship

Education

University of Memphis - Memphis, Tennessee

D.M.A, Composition, May 2007

Ohio University - Athens, Ohio

M.M., Composition, August 2003

Mary Washington College - Fredericksburg, Virginia

B.A., Music, May 1997

Recordings