Jeffrey Snider is a native of Buffalo, New York, and received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas in 1996 and in 1998 he returned to UNT as an associate professor in the College of Music.
Recent operatic roles include Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca with the Utah Festival Opera, the Count di Luna in Verdi’s Il trovatore in El Paso, and Germont in Verdi’sLa traviata with the Masterworks Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana. In May of 2005 he placed second in Opera New York’s inaugural Chester Ludgin American Verdi Baritone Competition, singing before a panel that included opera stars Plácido Domingo, James Morris, and Regina Resnick.
Dr. Snider’s recent concert appearances include the baritone solo in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Abilene Philharmonic and the Rapides Symphony Orchestra (Alexandria, Louisiana), Hodie by Vaughan Williams with the Plano Civic Chorus, and the Mack Wilberg Requiem under the direction of the composer. In 2014 he sang in the world premiere of Undelivered by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, based on the speech John F. Kennedy was to have given in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
He is the baritone soloist on the Klavier recording of Orff’s Carmina Burana with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony and Grand Chorus under the direction of Eugene Migliaro Corporon. Of this performance J. F. Weber of Fanfare magazine writes, “this is one of the finest…male soloists I have ever heard in this work.”
He is the music director at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Denton, and an active member of the North Texas Chapter of Opera on Tap, which performs opera excerpts in nontraditional venues.