Charles R. Snyder was the director of the All-Ohio Youth Choir from 1992 to 2013. He received his musical training from Capital University, and has completed further study at Kent State University, the Pennsylvania State University, Lutheran Theological Seminary, and Westminster Choir College. He has studied with Daniel Moe, Leland Sateran, Fred Waring, Norman Luboff, Helen Kemp, John Rutter, Frauke Haasemann, Sir David Willcocks, Donald Neuen, Sandra Willetts, Anton Armstrong, James Gallagher, Weston Noble, Eph Ehly and Paul Christiansen.
He currently serves as the Director of Music at The Presbyterian Church of Coshocton. Mr. Snyder is the music director and conductor of the Coshocton Community Choir, Coshocton Children's Choir and Coshocton Youth Chorale. In the spring of 1992, he was selected in a statewide search as the conductor of the All-Ohio Youth Choir. In April 2008, he was awarded the Community Music Educator Award from the Columbus Symphony, and was inducted into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame in July 2008.
Charles R. Snyder received his musical training at Capital University, where he was a protégé of Ellis E. Snyder, a soloist with the university’s famed touring Chapel Choir, and for two years, the student assistant to Dr. Snyder in the voice department. In 1969 he served the Chapel Choir as associate conductor.
Mr. Snyder has completed further musical study at Kent State University, The Pennsylvania State University, State University of New York, VanderCook College of Music, Lutheran Theological Seminary and Westminster Choir College. In 1982, Mr. Snyder spent a fall sabbatical studying with Dr. Christiansen at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.
For two years he served as director of vocal and instrumental music for the Highland Local Schools in Morrow County, and returned to Coshocton in 1970 to teach the the newly-opened Coshocton Middle School. There, for the next four years, he involved half the school’s 1100 students in five select choirs and three ensembles in addition to his regular teaching schedule.
In 1977 he joined the staff of The Presbyterian Church, Coshocton, where he continues to serve as minister of music and education.
Mr. Snyder is the music director and conductor of the Coshocton Community Choir, a 100-voice auditioned ensemble he founded in 1971, and director of the Coshocton Children’s Choir, a regional choir for young voices which he organized in 1988.
Mr. Snyder has been a contest adjudicator, a choral and handbell clinician at area schools, churches and colleges, an all-county festival, and has served as musical director at the Coshocton County High School players since its inception in 1987.
He had conducted the chorus at Scouting’s Order of the Arrow national conferences, and in recent times has been a contributor and music editor for several professional journals. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Ohio Music Education Association and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.
Mr. Snyder’s contributions in the area of youth leadership have been recognized with the presentation of Scouting’s Silver Beaver Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the national Order of the Arrow, and the God and Service Award for distinguished service to youth and the church.