Thomas Snydacker, a concert saxophonist and educator currently based in the Chicago area, has appeared throughout the United States and abroad as both a soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared as an orchestral musician with world-class ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony under the batons of such luminaries as John Adams, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Marin Alsop, and Matthias Pintscher. His festival appearances as an orchestral musician include the Ravinia Festival, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Grant Park Music Festival. An active chamber musician, Snydacker frequently performs with his acclaimed saxophone quartet, the Estrella Consort, which has presented programs throughout the country and abroad, including a 2012 tour which took them through several cities in Ecuador.
Snydacker is a strong advocate for new music and frequently works with composers to expand the repertoire of the saxophone. He has a substantial list of premieres to his credit, including works by Rome Prize winners John Anthony Lennon and Roger Boutry. Aside from his work with various orchestras, the Estrella Consort, and as a soloist, Snydacker has performed with such notable new music ensembles as Mocrep and a.pe.ri.od.ic. He will also perform numerous concerts with Ensemble Dal Niente during the 2016-17 season, including residencies at the University of Southern California and Claremont College.
Snydacker carries more than a decade of experience as an educator and frequently works with students covering a broad spectrum of age and ability levels. In addition to teaching classical saxophone at Northern Illinois University, Snydacker is a saxophone instructor at the renowned Merit School of Music in Chicago. He has previously served as an instructor at Northwestern University and North Central College and has also presented masterclasses and talks about the saxophone to students at various colleges and universities throughout the country and abroad. Snydacker holds degrees in music from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Eugene Rousseau, and Arizona State University, where he studied with Timothy McAllister. He is in the final stages of a Doctor of Music degree at Northwestern University, where his research focuses on spectralism in the saxophone repertoire.
M.M., Arizona State University