Gary Schneider

Gary Schneider


Music Director / Conductor
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2013Margaret Brouwer: Violin Concerto (New York Premiere)Conductor
2013Stravinsky: Concerto in D (Basel Concerto)Conductor
2013Martinů: Double Concerto, H. 271Conductor
2013Moravec: MorphConductor
2013Snider: UnrememberedGuest Conductor
2012Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, Op. 92, A majorConductor
2012Daniel Schnyder: Violin ConcertoConductor
2012Copland: Appalachian SpringConductor
2008Bernstein: Candide OvertureGuest Conductor
2008Gershwin: Porgy and BessGuest Conductor
2008Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story'Guest Conductor
2008Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, Op. 64, TH 29, E minorGuest Conductor
2007Schneider: Concerto for Jazz Clarinet & String OrchestraGuest Conductor
2007Weill/Schneider: My ShipGuest Conductor
2007Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, op. 48Guest Conductor
2004Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48, D minorConductor
2004Beethoven: Mass, Op. 86, C majorConductor
2004Dvořák: Requiem, B. 165, Op. 89Conductor
2004Beethoven: Mass, Op. 86, C majorGuest Conductor
2003Cherubini: RequiemConductor
2003Stravinsky: Symphony of PsalmsConductor
2003Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70Conductor
2000Rossini: Stabat MaterConductor
2000Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of OlivesConductor


GARY M. SCHNEIDER is a multi-faceted musician whose musical interests cross all stylistic boundaries.  He first gained attention as the music director and conductor of The Hoboken Chamber Orchestra, an award-winning ensemble he founded in 1981 and led for ten seasons.  A prize-winner in the 1987 Leopold Stokowski Competition for American Conductors, Mr. Schneider made his European debut in 1988 at the International Zelt Musik Festival in Freiburg, Germany. The Badische Zeitung heralded him as an “astonishing” musician for his diverse and impressive efforts as conductor, composer, “jazzer” and pianist.  In recognition of his efforts at the 1988 festival, Mr. Schneider was awarded the “Society of Baden-Württemberg Cultural Prize” and was appointed principal conductor of the Festival Orchestra the following year.  Equally active as a composer, Mr. Schneider is a member of the American Composers Alliance, an affiliate writer of Broadcast Music Inc., and has works published with Peer Music, Berben edizioni musicali, and American Composers Editions.  His compositions span a variety of concert music as well as music for theater, dance and for films. Mr. Schneider has guest conducted ensembles on both sides of the Atlantic including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Savannah Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic (Bethesda, MD), Plainfield Symphony, Chamber Symphony of Princeton, Cumberland Valley Chamber Orchestra, Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra (Hungary), Manhattan New Music Project, Ridotto Chamber Orchestra, Jungen Virtuosen Leningrad and the Internationale Festpiele Baden-Württemberg.  He conducted New Jersey Ballet’s annual performances of Nutcracker at the Paper Mill Playhouse from 1991 through 1996 totaling more than 106 performances.  From 1994 - 2000, he served as music director and principal conductor of The Golden Fleece/Composers Chamber Theatre in Manhattan.  In that capacity he conducted the world premiere productions of fifteen new American operas. In 2010, Mr. Schneider founded Orchestra for the Next Century, a virtuoso orchestra that specializes in performing the very newest music being written by today’s crop of supremely gifted genre- crossing composers. In February 2013, Mr. Schneider and his ONC were featured in a concert on the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City to great acclaim.  The concert was broadcast live internationally on WQXR’s Q2 Web-stream and has since been re-broadcast numerous times over New York’s WNYC FM.  Comfortable working in any genre, Mr. Schneider has considerable experience in the realm of choral music, opera and music theatre. He founded and directed the Hudson Chamber Symphony Chorus from 1983 until 1993 and has guest conducted the Pro Arte Chorale, the Hollybush Festival Chorus and the JazzChor Freiburg, among others.  In April 1991, Mr. Schneider made his Lincoln Center debut directing the Hudson Chamber Symphony and Chorus in a performance of the Mozart Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall as part of the Mozart bicentennial celebration.  In more recent years, Mr. Schneider has been Music Director of the Morris Choral Society (2000-2002) and The Oratorio Society New Jersey (2000-2004).   Mr. Schneider conducted a program of the music of American composer Beth Anderson at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York and subsequently conducted a recording of the same program for New World Records to excellent reviews.    In 2008, Mr. Schneider guest conducted a critically acclaimed concert performance of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with the National Philharmonic at the Strathmore Center for the Arts in Bethesda, MD. Mr. Schneider utilizes his composer’s insight to great effect in all his music‐making.  Whether he is surveying cherished standard repertoire with “fresh” eyes and ears delivering performances that are as vital as when the works were new, or delivering riveting performances of works that have just been composed.  His commitment to excellence is coupled with a drive to perform music that is not frozen in time or performance tradition.
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Musical Work Jump-in ready? Company Year
Margaret Brouwer: Violin Concerto (New York Premiere) Immediately ORCHESTRA FOR THE NEXT CENTURY 2013
Stravinsky: Concerto in D (Basel Concerto) Immediately ORCHESTRA FOR THE NEXT CENTURY 2013
Martinů: Double Concerto, H. 271 Immediately ORCHESTRA FOR THE NEXT CENTURY 2013
Moravec: Morph Immediately ORCHESTRA FOR THE NEXT CENTURY 2013
Snider: Unremembered Immediately MERKIN CONCERT HALL NYC 2013