Cellist Nancy Jo Snider is an active performer and teacher in the Washington, D.C. area. She was a member of the Baltimore Opera Orchestra until 2009 and currently holds a position with Opera Lafayette. Ms. Snider also performs regularly in a variety of chamber and period instrument ensembles. Ms. Snider is affiliated with the Sitar Arts Center and the Washington Conservatory of music and serves on the faculty of American University, where she holds the position of Music Practitioner in Residence and is the Director of the music program. Ms. Snider received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in an Adjunct Appointment Award from American University in 2005 and was appointed director of the music program in September 2006.
University sponsored outreach efforts have concentrated on the critical role of the arts (music in particular) in shaping a healthy society. Ms. Snider's teaching philosophy is grounded in the premise that if good basic habits are in place her students will have a solid and reliable foundation upon which to build. It is her goal to successfully bring them to their appropriate next step in a manner that is both challenging and supportive.
Ms. Snider can be heard with Opera Lafayette on the critically acclaimed recording of Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice, which was released in 2005 (and featured in the HBO mini series “John Adams”); Sacchini’s Oedipe à Colone
in 2006; Rameau's Airs and Dances
(with the renowned haute-contre Jean-Paul Forchécourt) in 2007, Lully’s Armide
in 2008, Pierre Alexandre Monsigny’s Le Deserteur
and François-Andre Danican Philidor’s Sancho Pança
. Upcoming recordings with Opera Lafayette include André Grétry’s Le Magnifique
. In addition to these recording/performance projects with Opera Lafayette recent highlights have included performances with Mi?enka ?echová, Trisha Yearwood, the Shakespeare Theatre, Washington Early Music Festival (with Modern Musick), Washington Ballet, Washington Bach Consort and Cantate Chamber Singers with whom she presented the world premiere of Maurice Saylor’s Cello Concerto in A