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Shawn Snider

Name: Shawn Snider
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Location: Sarasota, FL
United States 34235
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Additional Info: Shawn began playing the viola in the 7th grade at the age of 12. He grew up in Bradenton, Florida where he started taking private viola lessons in the 9th grade with Jim Fawcett (previous Associate Principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and later with Leanne Darling of the Florida West Coast Symphony (Sarasota Orchestra). Shawn earned his Bachelors degree in Viola Performance from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) in 2003 from the studio of George Taylor, and returned to Florida to further study with Pamella McConnell at the University of Miami. Shawn has received chamber music coachings from the Julliard Quartet, The Ying Quartet, the Tokyo Quartet, John Graham, Oleh Krysa, Mikael Copelmann, Zvi Zeitlin, Charles Castleman, Alan Harris, and Paul Wolfe.

Currently, Shawn is a member of the Southwest Florida Orchestra, the Venice Symphony, principal violist of the Anna Maria Island Community Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, and principal violist of the South Shore Symphony Orchestra. He has played throughout Southwest Florida in many events such as Governor Charlie Crist's wedding reception, back up musician for the Motown group “The Commodores” and on many occasions in orchestra’s under the baton of the late Eric Kunzel (from the Cincinnati Pops).

As a soloist, Shawn has recently performed the Telemann Viola Concerto with the Anna Maria Island Concert Orchestra. In June 2010, Shawn travelled to Budapest, Hungary, Vienna and Eisenstaedt Austria, Bratislava, Slovakia & Prague, Czech Republic as the featured viola soloist performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante as well as the principal violist for performances of Mozart’s Requiem.

In 2011, Shawn will be joining a tour through Northern Italy performing as the Principal Violist for Verdi’s Requiem, and will also be appearing with many orchestras throughout the southwest Florida region as a concerto soloist during the 2010-2011 season
Additional Specialisms: Orchestral Playing, Session Work, Solo Performance, Contemporary Music
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