Charles R. Snyder is a Columbus, Ohio native and a graduate of Coshocton High School. He received his musical training at Capital University, Columbus, where he was a protege of Ellis E. Snyder, a soloist with the University’s famed touring Chapel Choir, and for two years, the student assistant to Dr. Snyder in the voice department. In 1969, he served the Chapel Choir as associate conductor.
Mr. Snyder has completed further musical study at Kent State University, Augsburg College, Eastern Carolina University, Grove City College, Bemidji State University, East Stroudsburg State University, Pennsylvania State University, the State University of New York, VanderCook College of Music, Lutheran Theological Seminary and Westminster Choir College.
He has studied with Daniel Moe, Leland Sateren, Richard C. Johnston, Clayton Krehbiel, Jean Berger, Fred Waring, Norman Luboff, Helen Kemp, John Rutter, Frauke Haaseman, Sir David Wilcocks, Donald Neuen, Sandra Willetts, Anton Armstrong, Ann Howard Jones, James Gallagher, Alice Parker, Eph Ehly, Craig Arnold, Eric Nelson, Weston Noble and Paul Christiansen. In 1982, Mr. Snyder spent a fall sabbatical studying with Dr. Christiansen at Concordia College, Moorhead Minnesota.
In 1977, following six years as a public school vocal and instrumental music educator for grades 1-12, he became a staff member at The Presbyterian Church in Coshocton, Ohio. Over the years his assignments have included the congregation’s education and youth ministries in addition to music. A church musician in Lutheran, United Methodist, United Church of Christ and Presbyterian congregations in central Ohio, Mr. Snyder is currently celebrating his forty-sixth year of music ministry.
Mr. Snyder has been a contest adjudicator and clinician for the Ohio Choral Director’s Association as well as area high schools and colleges. He has been a musical theatre director, a guest conductor for all-county festivals and OMEA district honors choirs, and has conducted the chorus at four national Order of the Arrow conferences. Mr. Snyder has also been a contributor to Music Performance Resources and Reformed Liturgy and Music, the journal of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and has served as music editor for Progressions, a periodical for church musicians.
In the spring of 1992, he was chosen in a state-wide search as the conductor for the 200-voice All-Ohio Youth Choir. Identifying him as the most influential teacher in their academic careers, former Cardinal Chorale members nominated him for inclusion in Who’s Who Among American Teachers, 2000 and 2005. In May 2000, Mr. Snyder was selected as one of the first five recipients of the Ovation Award, presented by the Vocal Arts Resource Network to honor those who instill and inspire love of vocal music in Ohio.
A faculty member of Muskingum University’s annual Choral Youthfest since 1994, he has also been a member of Muskingum’s voice faculty. In the spring of 2005, Mr. Snyder was on a sabbatical from his responsibilities with the Community Choirs, The Presbyterian Church and the All-Ohio Youth Choir. For those months he was on the Muskingum campus, teaching voice and serving as director of choral studies during the sabbatical of professor Robert Owen Jones. He was inducted into Muskingum’s chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia in 2005.
Mr. Snyder’s contributions in the area of youth leadership have been recognized with the presentation of Scouting’s Silver Beaver Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the national Order of the Arrow, and the God and Service Award for distinguished service to youth and church.
In the spring of 1008, he received the Community Music Educator Award from the Columbus Symphony; that July he was inducted into the Ohio State Fair’s Hall of Fame. In April, 2010, he received an Alumni Achievement Award from Capital University; a week later he was named Coshoctonian at the annual Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce dinner. In August, 2011, he received the Signature Sinfonia Award from Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, one of the top honors given by the national organization.