John D Snow

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Affiliate Faculty: Oboe

Winner of the 2011-2012 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Performing Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music.

Active as a soloist, chamber artist, and orchestral musician, John Snow has been a member of several orchestras around the world, including the National Symphony of Costa Rica, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Snow was invited to assist as principal oboist for orchestras such as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh, National Symphony and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, has toured with them to Japan and Europe, and appears with them on the Deutschegrammaphon Label. He is currently Associate Principal Oboe of the Minnesota Orchestra and Principal Oboist for the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra.

Snow received his master's degree in music from the Yale School of Music where he studied with Ronald Roseman. He has adjudicated and presented master classes at universities and music schools around the country and in New Zealand. He has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Geneseo, Ithaca College, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), and was a visiting professor of oboe for the Eastman School of Music. Before moving to Minneapolis, Snow was the Professor of Oboe at the University of Texas in Austin.

Snow is co-founder of the Detroit Chamber Winds, the New Zealand Soloists, and most recently, the Talisman Trio, an ensemble specializing in music for oboe, bassoon, and piano. He is a popular chamber musician and has appeared at the Norfolk Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Victoria Bach Festival, Classicfest, Bravo! Valley Music Festival, and the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, among others. In 1998, he made his debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.