Solon Snider, Associate Music Director and Director of the Playhouse Choir at the Lewis Center for the Arts, is a New York-based composer/lyricist/librettist, musical director, conductor, singer, arranger, accompanist, teacher, and actor. Solon holds a B.A. in Music (Intensive) and Theatre Studies, with distinction in both majors, from Yale University. At Yale, he studied musical theatre composition with Jeanine Tesori, Scott Frankel, and Josh Rosenblum, lyric writing with Michael Korie, and libretto writing with Marsha Norman. He also served as musical director for The Duke’s Men of Yale and the world-renowned Yale Whiffenpoofs, with whom he produced the CARA-nominated album, On the Bumpy Road. Most recently, he composed songs for The Swallow and the Tomcat as part of The Yale Summer Cabaret’s 2019 Verano Season and for a production of The Tempest at Yale School of Drama. Recent music direction projects include No For an Answer and Sondheim on Sondheim (Theater 2020), The Fantasticks (Infinity Theatre Company), Matilda (Acting Manitou), Romeo and Juliet (Saratoga Performing Arts Center), and Snow White (Ragtag Theatre).
While a student at Yale, Solon wrote and produced two full-length musicals: Crescent City Baby (Music/Lyrics/Libretto), and Cupidity (Music/Lyrics). His original concert music has been performed by the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, The Baltimore Choral Arts Society, UMBC’S RUCKUS Ensemble, The Whiffenpoofs, The Walden School Players, The Peabody Preparatory Percussion Ensemble, and more. He has also written and arranged music for video games, television, and a cappella. In addition to his writing and arranging, Solon has given lectures and full length concerts on American music history through the Road Scholars Program and teaches voice, piano, songwriting and musicianship lessons through his private studio and with after-school students at The Dalton School. In New York City, when he isn’t writing for or music directing shows around the city, he can often be found playing piano for groups such as The Story Pirates, The Young People’s Chorus of NYC, and Vocal Ease, or teaching music and theatre around the city. He is currently developing a new musical, Thebes, with co-writers Emma Hathaway and Katie Hathaway in collaboration with director Danilo Gambini through Quinnipiac University and The Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. He is also a huge fan of avocados!
What I'm Currently Working On:
I am currently the Associate Music Director at the Lewis Center, which means it's my job to mentor student music directors working on musical theater productions of all sizes within the Program in Music Theater and the Music Department and to serve as an accompanist for various functions. I am also the Director of Princeton's new undergraduate ensemble, the Playhouse Choir, housed jointly with the Music and Theater departments. This choir focuses on repertoire which begins in a broad range of theatrical traditions and expands into a realm of experimental and innovative music-making. I am responsible for selecting repertoire, leading rehearsals, programming concerts, and administering the choir. Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions, ideas, requests, or just to say hello! You can reach me at email@example.com.