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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 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. She is active as a performer, educator and administrator in the Washington, DC area.

Ms. Snider is also affiliated with the Sitar Arts Center and the Washington Conservatory of Music and is particularly interested in advocacy efforts that focus on education and the critical role of the arts (music in particular) in shaping a healthy society.

She is a member of the Opera Lafayette Orchestra and performs regularly in a variety of chamber and period instrument ensembles. In addition to her recording/performance projects with Opera Lafayette, performing highlights have included performances with Trisha Yearwood, Miøenka Èechová (Spitfire Company, Czech Republic), Modern Musick, VERGE Ensemble (Livewire2 Festival), Shakespeare Theatre, Washington Early Music Festival, Washington Ballet, Washington Bach Consort and Cantate Chamber Singers with whom she presented the world premiere of Maurice Saylor’s “Cello Concerto in A”. Ms Snider was a core member of the Baltimore Opera Orchestra until the company disbanded in 2009.

In February of 2012 she performed in Monsigny’s Le Roi et le Fermier with Opera Lafayette in Versailles, France at the Palace of Versailles in the Opéra Royal and has continued a vigorous agenda of recording and performing with Opera Lafayette since then.

Ms. Snider performed in a duo with violinist Victorie Halasu to open the Festival Zero Point in Prague, Czech Republic in July 2012 and participated as both a performer, speaker and administrator in conjunction with the John Cage Centennial Festival in Washington, DC in September of the same year.

Ms. Snider performed in South Africa with the Spitfire Company at the 2013 National Arts Festival there and is looking forward to continued international performing opportunities in both Prague and France in early 2014.

Ms. Snider's teaching philosophy is grounded in the premise that if good basic habits are in place her students will have a solid and reliable foundation upon which to build. It is her goal to successfully bring them to their appropriate next step in a manner that is both challenging and supportive.


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
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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

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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