Linda Snyder

Professor Emerita


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Dr. Linda J. Snyder has taught voice, lyric theatre, and related courses and has served as Chair of the Department of Music and as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. She holds master's and doctoral degrees in vocal performance and literature from the University of Illinois and a bachelor's degree in music education from Miami University.

Prior to coming to UD in 1989 to chair the Department of Music, she served as director of vocal studies at New York University and on the faculties of Illinois Wesleyan University, Midland Lutheran College, and the National Music Camp at Interlochen (MI). She has served on the boards of the National Opera Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Dayton Boys Choir. In 2000 Dr. Snyder received the UD College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Service. As a soprano soloist she has performed throughout the USA and Western Europe in recital, oratorio and opera/musical theatre. Critically acclaimed solo recordings include: Nocturnes: 20th Century Music for Voice, Horn and Piano, and Praise and Joy: Sacred Song Favorites.

A popular clinician on the topics of singer-actor techniques, diction, women composers and music leadership issues, Dr. Snyder has given presentations for the NOA, NATS, Ohio Music Education Association, Music Educators National Conference, National Association of Schools of Music, American Association for Higher Education, International Festival of Women Composers, the 2008 International Alliance for Women in Music conference in Beijing, and the College Music Society's 2011 international conference in South Korea. She has been very active as a consultant and visiting accreditation evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music.

Her voice and opera/musical theatre students have gone on to perform on Broadway and in professional opera, and to music careers in secondary and higher education, music therapy, and arts management. A regular soloist and musical theatre director with area professional and community groups, Dr. Snyder continues to direct the Dayton Celebration Choir (see UD Special Programs and Continuing Education) and leads UD community travel programs to Italy and Austria (See Encore Vienna). In 2014 Dr. Snyder takes office as President-Elect of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Faculty Perspective

I feel fortunate to have had wonderful opportunities to balance my varied interests related to the world of music - teaching, performing, conducting, and leadership. My love of the piano and the American musical as a child, led me in the direction of teaching and performance and eventually higher education. The inspirational, transforming and healing power of the arts continue to impact my personal growth. As an avid traveler, I have enjoyed extending my work as a teacher to leading several University cultural programs to places such as New York City, and to Salzburg and Vienna, Austria (Encore Vienna program).


  • D.M.A., University of Illinois, 1982

Research Interests

  • Women composers on Broadway
  • American sacred song
  • Vocal pedagogy
  • Music leadership issues
  • Techniques for the singing-actor

Selected Publications

"Nocturnes: Twentieth Century Music for Voice, Horn, and Piano." The Cantecor Trio (soprano Linda June Snyder, horn Richard Chenoweth, piano Eric Street). Compact disc, Equilibrium label, 1998.

"Praise and Joy: Sacred Song Favorites." Linda June Snyder, soprano, and John Benjamin, piano and organ. Compact disc, 2002.

"Women Composers and the American Musical: The Early Years." NATS Journal of Singing (May-June 2013).

Guest soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Concert Band, Dayton Bach Society Messiah, Miami Valley Symphony, Springfield (IL) Chamber Orchestra, Danville (IL) Symphony, New York University Chamber Music Festival (Merkin Concert Hall) in premiere of Slonimsky's' Song of Solomon.

Solo Recitals at Carnegie (Weill) Recital Hall (New York), Cologne Conservatory of Music (Germany), Nancy Conservatoire de Musique (France), Luxembourg City, Vienna, and many American universities.