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Andrew Snedeker, Co-Principal Oboe

Andrew Snedeker, co-principal oboe, earned his B.M. degree from the Conservatory at Baldwin-Wallace College and his M.M. degree from the Ohio State University. He has studied with Florence Sullivan, Dr. Galan Kral, William Baker and Robert Sorton.

Snedeker has performed with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio, the Miami Opera and the Royal Ballet of London, England. He has also been invited to perform at Kalamazoo College, the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), the Baldwin-Wallace College Bach Festival and for the Guiting Chamber Music Festival. With pianist James Cochran and harpist Dickie Fleisher, he produced the compact disc The Enchanting Oboe. Snedeker has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1989.

Andrew Snedeker is underwritten by Mrs. Lavern N. Gaynor.

Name: Andrew Snedeker

Instrument: Oboe/English horn

Hometown: Born in Connecticut, lived in El Paso, Buffalo and Grand Rapids, MI

At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 9

Who have been your greatest musical influences? Teachers Florence Sullivan, Dr. Galan Kral, William Baker and Robert Sorton.

Who are your favorite composers? Hard to choose – I love them all.

What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? I honestly don't know. Possibly a teacher.

What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Chopin Nocturnes, trumpet duets. When my kids have control, it's Switchfoot, or some other rock band. I occasionally get to listen to 90.1 WGCU.

Your hobbies and interests: Tennis, golf, swimming, boating, outdoor things.

Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I"ve done karaoke … and enjoyed it!

Funniest concert moment: An over-enthusiastic patron, in his exuberance, kissed the conductor. Besides that, the real funny moments are in the rehearsals … stage catching on fire, chicken feathers, shark fins, etc.

Daily practice rituals: Scales, long tones, reeds … more reeds … more reeds.

The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): "What is that?" Answer: "It's an oboe… "

Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: Being part of so many individuals coming perfectly together to create an incredible whole. That is an amazing experience.

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