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Veteran producer John Snyder named Conrad N. Hilton Eminent Scholar in Music Industry Studies

Loyola press release - July 8, 2004

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans College of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of multi-Grammy winning producer John Snyder as the Conrad N. Hilton Eminent Scholar in Music Industry Studies.

Snyder brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Loyola. He holds a bachelor of music education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a juris doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the New York Bar. As an independent record producer, he has produced nearly 300 “new” recordings since 1977 of which 34 were nominated for Grammy Awards and of those five won Grammy Awards. His record label clients have included A&M, Atlantic, Fantasy, Musicmasters, Concord, RCA, Sony, Antilles, Verve, Private Music, Telarc, GRP, Elektra, Rounder, Columbia, Evidence, and Justin Time.

Snyder is the founder and president of the Artists House Foundation, a nonprofit music company dedicated to creating educational presentations in several areas, including instruction for instruments, master classes, careers in the arts, and legendary performers.

In addition to his producing career, Snyder has held positions at the upper levels of many major recording companies. As the assistant to the president of CTI Records, Creed Taylor, Snyder oversaw legal and business affairs, publishing, manufacturing, distribution, and artists and repertoire operations. Under the tutelage of Herb Alpert, he served as director of Horizon Jazz Series for A&M Records. Snyder later served as director of jazz production for Atlantic Records, where his responsibilities included production and packaging, promotion, publicity, and marketing.

“John Snyder brings an immense wealth of experience and expertise to our program,” said Dr. Edward Kvet, dean of Loyola’s College of Music. “He is a very creative person who will offer our students an atmosphere conducive to exploring possible solutions to an industry that is changing on a daily basis.”

“I am pleased and honored to be joining the faculty of the College of Music and the Music Industry Studies program at Loyola,” said Snyder. “I look forward with great anticipation to joining the Loyola community and the music community of New Orleans, and to doing everything possible to learn from and contribute to both.”

The Hilton Foundation’s $1 million grant was the lead gift in the endowment of an educational venture designed to enhance both Loyola's position as the educational arm of the New Orleans music industry as well as to promote future economic development in the city of New Orleans. Hilton’s gift was matched by grants from Louisiana’s Board of Regents and the Baldridge Foundation to fully endow two chairs in music industry studies. Snyder joins Dr. Jerry Goolsby, who holds the second endowed chair.

Loyola University New Orleans College of Music, founded in 1932, gives students the opportunity to combine liberal studies with professional music courses in the only college of music conducted by the Jesuit fathers in the United States. The college's reputation for excellence is founded on the work of a faculty whose distinction as scholars, performers, and most importantly, as educators, has been nationally acclaimed. Loyola's music alumni have become successful in virtually every area of the professional music world. Visit the College of Music on the World Wide Web at http://music.loyno.edu.

For more information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074, or via e-mail at wick@loyno.edu.
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