Music Tech Grad Begins Master's at Belmont


Eric Snyder started at Northern Kentucky University in 2013 as a double major in music performance and music technology, studying trumpet with professor John Zappa.

While a student at NKU, Eric performed numerous concerts with the NKU jazz ensembles and on WNKU radio. He worked as an assistant producer on the SOTA "Black Bottom Blues Project", and traveled to France with the NKU Jazz Ensemble in the summer of 2014.

Eric began working professionally as a trumpeter in the greater Cincinnati area while enrolled at NKU. Some of the local musicians and ensembles most notably include The Blue Wisp Big Band led by the world renown drummer, John Von Ohlen, Ed Moss’ Society Jazz Orchestra, The Flying Circus Big Band led by the College Conservatory of Music’s Scott Belck and The Voyager Sextet led by NKU’s Jazz Studies director Brian Hogg. Eric was an arranger and the trumpeter for both The Bel-Airs and Mickey James and The Queen City Crew and led his own project called The Eric Snyder Trio which featured Eric on both the trumpet and piano.

Eric has been sought out as a teacher as well, giving private lessons at Wert Music and working as an assistant jazz band instructor at Scott High School and Conner High School.

Eric graduated from NKU in 2017 as the first student to graduate from the new SOTA music technology program. He recently moved to Nashville, TN to begin work on a master’s degree in commercial music performance at Belmont University, studying trumpet with Steve Patrick.