103 Alexander Building
D.M.A. in Conducting, University of Texas
M.M. in Music Education, University of Connecticut
B.M. in Horn Performance and Music Education with Distinction in Performance, New England Conservatory of Music
Mary K. Schneider is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Eastern Michigan University, where she conducts the Wind Symphony, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting and music education, and oversees and guides all aspects of EMU’s comprehensive band program. Under her direction, the EMU Wind Symphony has been heralded for many performances, including its first appearance in over forty years at the North Central Conference of the College Band Directors National Association in 2012. Prior to her appointment to EMU in the fall of 2008, Dr. Schneider served for three years as the Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of the Marching Band at the University of Minnesota.
Active nationally and internationally as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Schneider is a strong advocate for new wind music, and maintains an active interest in that area of research. Her ensembles frequently collaborate with composers, and have participated in commissioning and/or premiering over two dozen new works for wind band. In addition to published articles in the GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Schneider has engaged in extensive research, and presentations surrounding Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano and his Symphony No. 3 for large wind ensemble, “Circus Maximus.”
Dr. Schneider brings a diverse background to the podium and to her students in the classroom. She holds a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied conducting with Jerry Junkin. She has also earned degrees in both horn performance and music education from the University of Connecticut and the New England Conservatory of Music, having graduated with Distinction in Performance honors from the latter. Schneider’s career teaching experience includes many years as a public school music educator in northern New Jersey, where she taught all grade levels of instrumental music and maintained a busy performing schedule as a hornist.
Elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 2013, Schneider served two terms as President of the Mid-American Conference Band Directors Association, and is currently active on the Music Education Committee of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). Additionally, she maintains professional affiliations with the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), the National Band Association (NBA), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and has been awarded lifetime honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association.