Richard Snider

Richard Snider


Richard Snider has taught instrumental and vocal music in Santa Fe from elementary to college levels, as well as musical theatre and art history. He began teaching in Santa Fe Public Schools in 1972 and taught at both Santa Fe and Capital High Schools where his bands and choirs received numerous First Division awards at district and state competitions. He retired from St. Michael’s High School in 2009, where is band won the State AAA Concert Band trophy. He taught music theory, double bass and

instrumental ensemble at New Mexico School for the Arts from 2010-2013. Richard served in several positions-string orchestra, concert band and jazz band with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association from 2002-2017.  Richard received the Santa Fe Partners in Education “Teachers Who Inspire” Award in 1994, was inducted into New Mexico Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in 2001 and received the Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2015. He received his B. Music Ed. and M. Music Ed. degrees from Texas Tech University. Currently Richard is a freelance jazz and classical bassist, MPA adjudicator and clinician for bands, jazz bands and orchestras state-wide and serves as a mentor to

new music teachers in the SFPS.

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