Charles "Skip" Snead
School of Music Director; Professor of Horn
Charles Snead currently serves as the director of the music school and a professor of horn at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where, along with administrative duties, he teaches applied horn and brass pedagogy. Skip has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, with appearances in Egypt, Romania, the United Kingdom, and Cuba, in addition to various regional horn workshops and the International Horn Society Summer Symposium. He has been a featured artist with many ensembles, including the Alexandria Symphony in Alexandria, Egypt; the State Orchestra of Romania; the British Horn Society; the Monroe Symphony; the Macon Symphony; the Tuscaloosa Symphony; and the Shreveport Summer Music Festival Orchestras.
In addition to the above named ensembles, Skip performs with the internationally recognized ensemble the TransAtlantic Horn Quartet with colleagues Michael Thompson, Richard Watkins, and Jeff Nelsen. The TAHQ has performed throughout the United States and Europe and has been a featured ensemble at many important events and venues including the Britten-Pears Festival in Aldebrough, England; the Royal Wigmore Hall in London; the British Horn Society Festival; and the International Horn Society Summer Symposium.
He has recorded with the TransAtlantic Horn Quartet, the Classic Brass, the Kentuckiana Brass and Percussion Ensemble, and has solo recordings available on compact disc issued by Centaur Records, Albany Records and MSR Classics.
In addition to his work as a performer, he is internationally recognized as a teacher and clinician. He has given master classes throughout the United States and Europe and serves on the executive board of the International Horn Competition of America. In March 2004, he was invited to be a Housewright Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair Holder at Florida State University and has served a five-year term on the Center for the International Exchange of Scholars, Fulbright Senior Specialists Peer Review Committee. The University of Alabama awarded him The Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award in March 2005.
His principal teachers have included Merwin Crisman, Karen Thornton, and John Dressler, with additional studies with Dale Clevenger, Philip Farkas, and William Capps.