David Snyder

Artistic Director

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David Snyder was born and raised in New York where from an early age he was exposed to various performing arts and knew from his childhood that he desired to pursue music. He was accepted as a student into the prestigious Robert Shaw Piano Institute where he studied with New York’s finest young pianists. David’s family moved to south Florida during his high school years where he attended and graduated from The King’s Academy; he then returned to New York to study music education at the music Conservatory of Elmira College and also received a performance certificate from the renowned Juilliard School. David did his graduate studies in Musical Theatre at Ithaca College.

David’s early career began at the Roundabout Theatre in Manhattan where he was the Resident Accompanist and Assistant Musical Director for numerous Broadway shows including the Tony nominated Cabaret, A View From the Bridge and 1776. He was also teaching choral music and musical theatre at The Browning School. During this time David was inducted into the National Piano Hobbyist Society and received the Community Asset Builder Award from the New York Conservatory of the Arts. Following his time at the Roundabout, David took a position with the Disney Production Team and the Broadway cast of Beauty and the Beast. His time with Disney has given him many opportunities professionally as well as in the educational world. David has remained a part of the Disney Production Test Team where he has led The King’s Academy in two amateur test productions for the Disney Corporation earning the school national recognition.

David began his career with The King’s Academy in 1999 and has seen his many of his students pursue music on the collegiate and professional levels gaining acceptance into some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country for performing arts including Carnegie Mellon, Syracuse University, Harvard University, Marymount Manhattan College, New York University and more. The King’s Academy has alumni performing on the Broadway stage as well as professional stages all over the world. King’s alumni are also working in front and behind the camera on movies and television series.

David just received the 2014 Amy Hall Hinckley Teacher of Excellence Award and was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the National Thespian Association of Education. He has also been on the faculty for Palm Beach Atlantic University teaching in the Musical Theatre program. David was also the minister of music for Memorial Presbyterian Church in downtown West Palm Beach. David met his wife, Rebecca at The King’s Academy where she taught elementary music following her studies at The University of Florida. David and Rebecca were on staff with Palm Beach Opera Company as directors of children’s and youth choruses. They have a five year old boy named Oliver.