Suzanne Snizek

B.M. (Indiana), M.M.(Philadelphia), DMA (UBC)
Associate Professor
Flute, Woodwind Chamber Music, Music History

MacLaurin Building (Music Wing)
By Appointment
Flute studio blog

Brief Biography

Suzanne Snizek received her undergraduate degree in flute performance at the University of Indiana- Bloomington. While an undergraduate student she was a winner in the national “Flute Talk” Magazine Competition. Her Master degree (in flute performance) was completed at University of the Arts (Philadelphia) where she studied with Julius Baker.  While at University of the Arts, she won first place in the concerto competition, and subsequently performed the Jolivet Concerto. She also won second place in the New York Flute Club Competition and won scholarships to attend Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Walfrid Kujala’s (Chicago Symphony) summer master classes at Northwestern University and Julius Baker’s Danbury summer master classes.

Following graduation, she performed with the ESO (National Orchestra of Taiwan).  After returning to the US, she won first prize in the Mid-South Young Artist Flute Competition and became an active performer in the Philadelphia region (including the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Harrisburg Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Trenton Symphony).  She has recorded for “Kindermusic,” “HBO” television productions, and the “NFL Presents” for ESPN.  She also performed with the Moody Blues and Roger Daltrey and served as co-principal flute of the Bel Canto Opera Company of Philadelphia.

After serving as Senior Lecturer in flute at the University of the Arts- Philadelphia, Dr. Snizek relocated to British Columbia and taught flute at Trinity Western University and Douglas College Community Music School. She received her DMA in flute at UBC in May 2011, and is currently an assistant professor in music (flute) at the University of Victoria.

As a scholar, she has contributed a web article on music in British internment during WWII for “World Ort,” as well as a chapter for Exilarte (forthcoming publication by Böhlau Verlag- Vienna, in 2012).  In March 2010, she was a featured recitalist and presenter at Cambridge University’s conference “Creativity behind Barbed Wire.” Her subsequent chapter entitled ‘Spiritual Vitamins: Music in Huyton and Central Internment Camps May 1940- January 1941’ is forthcoming publication (Routledge - New York, March 2012).

In February 2013 Dr. Snizek produced and performed in a concert featuring music written in British internment during WWII. This included the revue 'What a Life', the Huyton Suite trio, and selections from Reizenstein's Partita for flute and piano at the Chutzpah! International Festival in Vancouver.

In 2013 Snizek was invited to present her research at both the Forum Voix Étoufées (Strasbourg, France) and a conference on Music and Protest (Lucca, Italy). This paper will be published in 2015 by Hermann Editions (Paris) and is sponsored by the Council of Europe. Additionally, her chapter,“Hans Gál and the Musical Culture of British Internment Camps of WWII,” was published by Böhlau Verlag (Vienna, Austria) in The Impact of Nazism on the Development of Twentieth Century Music (March 2014).

Forthcoming work (May 2014) includes several contributed biographies of interned musicians in the first English translation of Hans Gál’s WWII diary 'Music Behind Barbed Wire: A Diary of Summer 1940.'

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