Mark L. Snyder

Mark Snyder
  • Assistant Professor
  • Music
  • Academic Degrees

    • B.A., Mary Washington College
    • M.M., Ohio University
    • D.M.A., University of Memphis

Mark Snyder is a composer, performer, producer, songwriter, video artist and teacher living in Fredericksburg Virginia. Mark’s multimedia compositions have been described as “expansive, expressive, extremely human, ….Snyder’s compositions attract performers who resist to works with electronics as well as audiences who don’t think they want to hear computer processing.” Dr. Snyder is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Mary Washington teaching courses in electronic music, composition and theory. He earned his D.M.A. from the University of Memphis, an M.M. from Ohio University and a B.A. from Mary Washington College. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).

Despite what you may think about electronic composers, Mark Snyder does not work in a laboratory. His music does not offer cross-sections of frequencies or waveforms, nor does it mix technology & the canon inside a closed petri dish. Instead, Snyder produces soundscapes that envelope the viewer, and charged arrangements keyed specifically to the moving image. Space is occupied, and space is offered.

Works such as Harvey and Alluvium are acutely aware of the passage of time, of duration, and successfully venture beyond the establishment of a mood. Working in conjunction with found and computer-generated video, Snyder moves seamlessly between high and low influences, and the realms of “art” and popular music. Put simply, it is his mission to engage the listener, as much to experiment with the esoteric forms and technology particular to his discipline.