Musc 211-049X / Music Appreciation
Musc 215-049Y / History of Rock
Dr. Randall Snyder is retired from the Composition Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was appointed that school’s first Composer-in-Residence in 1996. He was born in Chicago in 1944 and studied saxophone with his father, a professional jazz musician. During high school he received a scholarship to the Stan Kenton Band Camp, and in 1962, was honored with a Downbeat Magazine Student Hall of Fame Award. He attended Quincy College and the University of Wisconsin earning a DMA degree in 1973. He has also received fellowships to study Korean music at the Traditional Performing Arts Institute in Seoul. In addition to composition, Snyder teaches courses in Jazz, Ethnomusicology and Rock & Roll. Many of his pieces are published online by Miltmore Press, and several compositions have been recorded on the CRS, VMM, North/South, Coronet, Opus One and Elan labels. His orchestral and chamber music have won numerous composition contest prizes and in 1992 Snyder was the recipient of an NEA grant as Composer-in-Residence with the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. In recent years his music has been played by various chamber ensembles. His contributions to music in his adopted state have been recognized by the NEA through the Nebraska Arts Council with five Individual Artist Fellowships. In addition to his compositional activity, Snyder has been active as a jazz performer, appearing as bassist in two documentary films with the legendary Kansas City pianist, Jay McShann.