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Nancy Snider

Director, Music Program Department of Performing Arts

Additional Positions at AU

  • Senior Professional Lecturer
  • Director, AU Chamber Players (chamber music ensembles)
  • Director, Music Program; Applied Music Program
Cellist Nancy Jo Snider is a member of the Opera Lafayette Orchestra and performs regularly in a variety of chamber and period instrument ensembles in venues ranging from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre and L'Opèra Royal de Versailles, to experimental stages and living rooms. In addition to her recording/performance projects with Opera Lafayette, performance highlights have included collaborations with Trisha Yearwood, Miřenka Čechová (Spitfire Company, Czech Republic), Modern Musick, Shakespeare Theatre, Folger Consort, Washington Early Music Festival, Washington Ballet, Washington Bach Consort and VERGE. She is a passionate advocate for new music and co-founded the new music collective INTERFERENCE with Steve Antosca and William Brent in 2015. Ms. Snider is proud to be the Director of the Music Program at American University where she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in an Adjunct Appointment Award in 2005. Currently, she serves on the full-time music faculty of American where she holds the position of Senior Professorial Lecturer. Ms. Snider performed in South Africa with the Spitfire Company at the 2013 National Arts Festival where the production was awarded “Best Overseas Production.” She has enjoyed continued performing opportunities in New York, France, South Africa and Russia in the past year and was recently in St. Petersburg, Russia as a Fellow of the Likhachev Foundation. While there, she delivered a lecture at St. Petersburg State University about music in the 21st century. Fall 2016 was busy and included numerous residencies, Folger Consort performance (accompanying Derek Jocobi), a lecture at the Hirschhorn on Music in the work of Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartensson and performances of Steve Reich’s music (‘cello Counterpoint and Different Trains) to celebrate his 80th birthday year.


BM, Cello Performance, The Catholic University of America (cum laude)
L’Ecole Superior, Conservatoire Europeen de Musique de Paris (student of Mark Drobinsky)

CAS - Performing Arts
Katzen Arts Center - 137
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Contact Info
(202) 885-3872 (Office)
(202) 885-1092 (Fax)

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See Also
Department of Performing Arts
Music Program

Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Sitar Arts Center

    Outreach, work with at-risk youth in the arts

  • Washington Conservatory of Music


  • Spinoza Practice Club: Because Practice is its Own Reward!

    Facilty Advisor


  • Summer 2017

  • Fall 2017

    • MUS-121 Private Instrument/Vocal Study: Cello
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    • MUS-122 Private Instrument/Vocal Study: Cello
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    • MUS-334 Private Instrument/Vocal Study: Junior Recital, Cello
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    • MUS-434 Private Instrument/Vocal Study: Senior Recital, Cello
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    • MUS-791 Private Instrument/Vocal Study: Cello
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    • MUS-792 Private Instrument/Vocal Study: Cello
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


  • Gluck: “Orphée et Euridice” (2005)
  • Sacchini: “Oedipe à Colone”  (2006)
  • Rameau: “Airs and Dances” (2007) 
  • Lully: “Armide” (2008)

Professional Services

  • Opera Lafayette
  • Washington Bach Consort
  • Cantate Chamber Singers
  • Washington Ballet
  • Modern Musick

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