Jacksonville University Choral Ensembles
Dr. Timothy Snyder, director
Choral Music at Jacksonville University
Under the direction of Timothy Snyder since 2010, the Jacksonville University Choirs contribute to the cultural life of northeastern Florida by bringing high quality and artistically polished performances of the choral repertoire to campus, the community and the region. The JU Choirs have performed for the American Choral Directors Association, Beaches Fine Arts Series, Chamber Music Society of Good Shepherd, and the Florida Music Educators Association. Notable appearances include concerts in New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, England’s Canterbury Cathedral and numerous collaborations with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
A mixed ensemble of approximately 32 experienced singers selected by annual audition, the University Singers performs a varied and challenging repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony, Baroque chamber music and Classical masterworks to new music by living composers. The University Singers maintain an active performance schedule, appearing frequently on campus, in the community and on tour.
Timothy Snyder is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Jacksonville University where he directs the University Singers, Men's and Women's Choirs, and teaches courses in choral arranging, literature, choral methods and music history. Dr. Snyder comes to JU from Colorado where he was Artistic Director of the Boulder Chorale from 2001-2010. Under his leadership, the Chorale grew from a single community chorus to become one of the leading choral arts umbrella organizations in the region, serving 200 singers in multiple graded ensembles for children and adults. He led the Chorale to acclaimed performances of Beethoven, Fauré, Mozart, Bach, Handel and Orff with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra--collaborations hailed as a “series of artistic triumphs”. Distinguishing himself as a chorusmaster, he has prepared choirs for the Yale Symphony and Philharmonia, Jacksonville Symphony, Colorado MahlerFest, Colorado Music Festival, and for notable conductors including Marin Alsop, Michael Butterman, Michael Christie, Shinik Hahm, Fabio Mechetti, Steven Reineke, Lawrence Leighton Smith and Robert Olson. He was honored with a 2008 Boulder County Pacesetter Award “in recognition of significant contributions to the arts and entertainment in the community.”
Dr. Snyder taught high school in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and served on the music faculties of Connecticut College and the Yale School of Music. A strong advocate for music education in our public schools, he established the Yale Glee Club/New Haven High School Choral Festival, an annual event now in its ninth year, and established a similar project at Jacksonville University in 2012. Choruses under his direction have toured to most major cities of the United States, and to Norway, France, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Poland, Italy, and the People's Republic of China. Active as a composer, his choral works are widely performed and recorded, have earned recognition in competitions sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association, the Composer's Guild and Ithaca College, and are published by Hinshaw Music, Shawnee Press, Lawson-Gould and Santa Barbara Music.
Dr. Snyder is active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator of choruses, and has directed church music programs in Connecticut and Colorado. His research on choral literature and performance practice has been presented to national and regional gatherings of the American Choral Directors Association, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Boulder Bach Festival and published in the Choral Journal.
He holds degrees in choral literature and performance, conducting and music education from the University of Colorado (D.M.A.), Yale University School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music (M.M.), and Colorado State University (M.M.; B.M.Ed.).