Mark Snyder is a composer, performer, producer, songwriter, video artist and teacher living in Jacksonville, Florida. Mark’s multimedia compositions have been described as “expansive, expressive, extremely human, ….Snyder’s compositions attract performers who resist to works with electronics as well as audiences who don’t think they want to hear computer processing.” Dr. Snyder is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Business at Jacksonville University teaching courses in music business, audio production and music technology . He earned his D.M.A. from the University of Memphis and an M.M. from Ohio University. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Society of Composers Incorporated (SCI) and Society of Electroacoustic Musicians in the US (SEAMUS). marksnyder.org
Stephen Hennessey, programming director
Stephen Hennessey earned his B.A. in Music from The University of Mary Washington in 2014. There, he established and led the UMW Composers’ Ensemble during its inaugural year, studied classical guitar performance with Bruce Middle, earned the Patricia P. Norwood Scholarship for excellence in musicological research, and studied composition with Mark Snyder. Recent performances include Root Signals 2015, SEAMUS 2015, SCI Region VI 2015, and the West Fork New Music Festival. He currently resides in Central Virginia, pursuing an oneiric aesthetic that confuses the boundary of human and computer/raw audio and synthesis, while serving EABD as Programming Director since 2014.
Professor Tony Steve (b.1959) teaches percussion and composition. He has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony (member 13 years), Israeli Festival Orchestra,Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, North Eastern Pennsylvania Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, and Bridgeport Symphony as a percussionist. He has toured with A Chorus Line in Europe. Professor Steve appeared in Korea as marimba soloist with the Brooklyn Percussion Ensemble, and performed as percussionist at Madison Square Garden for A Christmas Carol. In addition, he has worked with Henry Mancini, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Robert Conti, The Mannheim Steamroller, The Xavier Cugat Orchestra.
As a recording artist he has appeared on numerous recordings. The Guaraldi Sessions with Aaron Brask, French Horn soloist, When God Was A Child, Three Christmas Songs for Vibes and Soprano by Bob Moore sung by Karen Adair. Sonnets from Assisi(Marimba and Soprano) by Bob Moore, performed with Karen Adair on The Apollo Project. Midnight Clear , traditional Christmas music with a world twist with Pianist, Bob Moore. Release, new age folk with guitarist, Don Casper.
Austin O’Rourke is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, electronic music producer and recipient of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award in 2015. He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia and is a recent graduate from Mary Washington, having studied music composition with Mark Snyder.
Drake Dragone is a composer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist from Richmond, Virginia. His works have been described as “fascinating textural creations, which invoke introspective feelings and senses of ethereal wonder.” Drake, who has studied with Mark Snyder, is currently studying at the University of Mary Washington with Michael Bratt where he will graduate with a BA in Music and a minor in Computer Science in the Spring of 2019.
Caroline Flynn is a composer, songwriter, self-taught multi-instrumentalist, and performer studying music composition with Mark Snyder and psychology at the University of Mary Washington. Her music has been described as “sophisticated and complex, with its ability to return to a basic gesture in a variety of contexts.” She plans to enter the field of music therapy and clinical psychology.
Derisa Denaé Greaves is a jazz trumpeter and composer from Saint Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands. She is currently pursuing a degree in Music Business with a concentration in technology at Jacksonville University. She studies trumpet with Brian Osborne and Chris Creswell and electronic music and production with Mark Snyder. Derisa is the VP of Social Media and Marketing and is head of A&R at Dolphinum Records.
Daniel Hubert Jr. is a musician, visual artist and recording engineer. He serves as Assistant Director of recording at Dolphinium Records and is a member of progressive indie band; Little Geronimo. Daniel currently studies music production and electro-acoustic music with Mark Snyder and bass performance with Stan Piper.
Taylor Neal is a composer, producer, guitarist, French Horn player, and recording engineer with a passion for creating music in a variety of styles. Currently, he is pursuing a degree in Music Business at Jacksonville University, studying electroacoustic music and recording with Dr. Mark Snyder and horn with Aaron Brask. Neal acts as the Concert Recording Manager, while playing in Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Woodwind Quintet. He produced and engineered The Nixon Tapes’ EP, ‘Indigo,’ which has been described as “post-apocalyptic grit, clenched-fist angst, and a wide-open soundscape.” https://nixontapes.band
Christopher Smith is a musician and entrepreneur based out of Jacksonville, Florida. As the owner of CJS Percussion, he crafts innovative percussive art pieces that have been described as organic and cutting edge. He is currently pursuing a degree in Music Business at Jacksonville University under the guidance of Mark Snyder and is studying percussion with Tony Steve. Christopher performs in the Jacksonville University Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and is the principal percussionist for the JU Wind Ensemble. He is involved with Dolphinium Records, where he is the head of manufacturing and licensing.
Becky Brown is a composer, harpist, artist, and web designer, interested in producing intensely personal works across the multimedia spectrum. Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate in composition at the University of Virginia, studying with Dr. Matthew Burtner. She was the previous Technical Director of the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, and recently worked as a Music Technology Specialist at the University of Richmond. Her music has been performed at SEAMUS, SCI National/Regional, Third Practice New Music Festival, Ball State New Music Festival, and in Beijing, China. Hold Still, her work for live art and electronics, was released on the SEAMUS label in August 2017. Previously, she studied composition with Dr. Mark Snyder, and harp performance with Dr. Grace Bauson.
Jeremiah Matthews, graphic design
Jeremiah is a freelance designer, illustrator, musician, teacher, and all around fun guy (*finger guns*). He spends his days designing stuff for the Memphis Flyer and Memphis Magazine and spends his nights performing music as “The Ellie Badge,” a one-man-band style thing with lots of live-loops and fun stuff. It’s depressing! Jeremiah also enjoys just chillin’, ya know? Fun fact: Jeremiah also gets a lot of anxiety from writing his own bio.
After three years Jeremiah received his MFA in graphic design from the University of Memphis in 2016 where he currently teaches Typographic Design I. Jeremiah really enjoys teaching and hopes to do more in the future. While attending Delta State University Jeremiah was vice-president and then president of GrammyU and Art Director of the Kappa Pi Art Fraternity. He graduated in 2013 with a BFA with a concentration in Graphic Design and a minor in Printmaking.
Jeremiah is an avid and unironic fan of Star Wars, superheroes, The Legend of Zelda, pop music, Overwatch, not-so-pop music, pizza, Magic: The Gathering, and cartoons.
Jeremiah also has a cat named Tokyo Lunchbox who he is very fond of and you too can become fond of Lunchboy by following Jeremiah on instagram at @DrChompChomp.