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Dr. Philip Snyder

Title: Part Time Faculty

Office: Nix Center, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: Guitar, Cello, Aural Skills, Music Appreciation, Orchestra


Philip Snyder is a classical guitarist and cellist.  He studied guitar with renowned guitar pedagogue John Sutherland for over ten years, and holds a D.M.A. in Guitar Performance from the University of Georgia, and an M.M. in Cello Performance.  He is a founding member of two critically acclaimed chamber music ensembles, the Georgia Guitar Quartet and Revien, and has toured the nation with both groups.  Equally at home on guitar and cello, Snyder’s rare ability to perform at an exceptional level on both instruments is often showcased in a single concert, as he is capable switching between them onstage.

Dr. Snyder’s arrangements and compositions for guitar ensemble have successfully expanded the depth of the guitar repertoire. His arrangements for the Georgia Guitar Quartet and Revien include music by Arvo Pärt, Chopin, Bach, Vivaldi, Brahms, Grieg, Milhaud, Fauré, Debussy, Mendelssohn, and Ginastera. His article "The Music of Alberto Ginastera: A Fertile Source for Guitar Transcriptions" was published in Soundboard Magazine in 2006.

Both the Georgia Guitar Quartet’s and Revien’s live performances and studio recordings have been widely featured on National Public Radio, including American Public Media’s “Performance Today,” and its albums have received critical acclaim from Soundboard Magazine. Dr. Snyder has taught at Berry College, LaGrange College, Agnes Scott College, and the University of Georgia.


  • D.M.A., Guitar Performance, University of Georgia, 2003
  • M.M., Guitar Performance, University of Georgia, 2000
  • B.Mus., Guitar Performance, University of Georgia, 1998

Research/Special Interests

  • Composition
  • Arranging


  • Soundboard Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 4, “The Music of Alberto Ginastera, A Fertile Source for Guitar Transcription”
  • Arrangement of Étude, op. 10, no. 3, by Frédéric Chopin, for guitar quartet. Published by Les Productions
    d’Oz, product number DZ 1196


With Georgia Guitar Quartet:
  • GGQ/Sims (2009) [performing on guitar and cello]
  • Puzzle (2007) [guitar and cello] (original compositions by GGQ)
  • Mosaic (2004) [guitar]
  • A Live Portrait (1999) [guitar]
  • The Georgia Guitar Quartet (1997) [guitar]
With Revien:
  • Dama, (2015) [cello] (original compositions by Revien, Arvo Pärt)
  • Live in Ramsey Hall (2013) [cello]

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