Mark Snyder is a composer, performer, producer, songwriter, video artist and teacher living in Fredericksburg Virginia. 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 at Jacksonville University teaching courses in music business and production. He earned his D.M.A. from the University of Memphis, an M.M. from Ohio University and a B.A. from Mary Washington College. 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) and is the Conference Recruitment Officer for the Society of Electroacoustic Musicians in the United States (SEAMUS).
Becky Brown is a 2015 Music and Computer Science graduate of the University of Mary Washington, studying electroacoustic composition with Mark Snyder, and harp performance with Grace Bauson. She has been a performer of Dr. Snyder’s music at festivals including SCI National and Regional Conferences, Third Practice, and Electronic Music Midwest, as well as in his guest artist appearances at numerous universities. Her own works have been performed at SEAMUS 2016, Root Signals, EABD, and the BSU New Music Festival. In addition, Brown has engineered or assisted on recordings in a wide range of genres, and composed music for theatre and dance. She is a Music Technology Specialist at the University of Richmond, and the tech director of the Electroacoustic Barn Dance at UMW.
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.
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 is currently studying at the University of Mary Washington where he will graduate with a BA in Music 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.
Jeremiah Matthews, graphic design
Jeremiah is a freelance designer, illustrator, musician, and graduate student at the University of Memphis where he will graduate with his MFA in Graphic Design in May 2016. He plans to become a professor of Graphic Design. 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.