B.M., B.M.E., Cornell College; Instruction in Piano, The Julliard School of Music
Charles Schneider is a graduate of Cornell College in Iowa. He attended the Julliard School of Music as a piano student and in succeeding years garnered much conducting experience both on Broadway and on national tours. Among his many Broadway credits are West Side Story at Lincoln Center, Your Own Thing, and Sweet Potato.
Mr. Schneider studied symphonic repertoire with Igor Markevitch of the National Orchestra of Monte Carlo, Herbert Blomstedt of the San Francisco Symphony, and Franco Ferrara of the St. Cecilia Academy in Rome. Mr. Schneider spent one season as associate conductor of the Kansas City Philharmonic, was the music director for the American premiere of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mohogany with the San Francisco Opera, and conducted the New York revivals of Trouble in Tahiti and Down in the Valley. Mr. Schneider also conducted the Glasnost Ballet during their first American tour.
Charles Schneider is the Music Director of the Catskill, Utica, and Schenectady Symphonies in New York where he has received three ASCAP awards. He was the founding Music Director of the Glimmerglass Opera, and served in that capacity for thirteen years. He is co-founder of the Catskill Conservatory and has served on the music faculties of the State University College at Oneonta, Hartwick College, Colgate University, Hamilton College and San Diego State University. The Highly Acclaimed Society for New Music in Syracuse, New York has frequently called upon Mr. Schneider to conduct their productions. In the year 2000, Mr. Schneider received a citation from the United States Congress and New York State Governor, George Pataki, for his outstanding musical contribution to the mid-state area.