Edward R. Schneider
Edward R. Schneider
Edward Schneider

Director of Music Ministries

(828) 253-3316, ext. 1302


Edward R. Schneider grew up in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles, California. He was baptized Catholic and attended parochial school through high school. His interest in music began at the age of seven with clarinet and grew as he got older with the addition of saxophone, flute and oboe. He entered his undergraduate degree as an instrumentalist, and has extensive experience playing in orchestras, concert bands, jazz bands and chamber ensembles as a woodwind player before switching to voice and choral conducting.


Having earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Voice (tenor) and a Masters of Music in Conducting from California State University, Northridge, Ed received a full scholarship and assistantship for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Sacred Music from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. At the Conservatory of Music, he taught undergraduate choral methods classes, conducted the Chamber Singers, and performed other various duties. Mr. Schneider served as Dr. Elmer Thomas’ primary conducting assistant, and Dr. Rivers’ administrative assistant.


Throughout his career he has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, most notably the Margaret West Conducting Scholarship, Carmen Dragon Memorial Conducting Scholarship, Dale Warland Maters Class Scholarship, full scholarship to the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, as well as numerous grants.


Mr. Schneider has been a director of church music and has been conducting choral music since the age of 19. In addition, he has lead orchestras and choruses in performances of choral masterworks in both the academic and professional world since his early 20’s.


Edward has prepared choruses and toured nationally and internationally for John Alexander, Dr. Elmer Thomas, Dale Warland, and Dr. Earl Rivers. He has sung with numerous nationally known choral ensembles: the Pacific Chorale (John Alexander, director), the Los Angeles Master Chorale (Paul Salomunovich, director), and the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati (Earl Rivers, director) and the May Festival Chorus of Cincinnati.


While is Atlanta, Mr. Schneider was the founding Artistic Director Sacre Voci, a 16-voice community chamber choir specializing in early sacred music and 20-21st century chamber works for chamber choir.  Sacre Voci had a reputation of excellence and was invited annually to sing at the prestigious Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.


In his spare time, Edward is an avid cyclist and raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with Team in Training. As a tri-athlete he has completed a half Ironman, and is training to complete a full Ironman.

Last Published: November 29, 2016 5:24 PM