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Lynne Snyder works at Caltech as Music Staff and is currently earning her DMA at the USC Thornton School of Music with emphasis in Music Teaching and Learning, Theory and Analysis, Conducting, and Clarinet Performance. She earned her Master of Music from USC with special emphasis in creativity, graduated summa cum laude with honors in Clarinet Performance from Colorado State University. She has studied with acclaimed clarinetists Yehuda Gilad, David Howard, and David Breeden and with scholarly titans Beatriz Ilari, Rotem Gilbert, Chris Rozé, Candice Mattio, and Peter Webster.

Scholarly Work and Academic Instruction


Lynne has served as Theory Lecturer for music majors at Cal Lutheran, and is currently Teaching Assistant at University of Southern California where she has worked on a wide range of courses including Music, Mind, and Brain; Music, Nation, and Turmoil; Reflections of American Diversity: the Broadway Musical; and Music and Ideas.

Focusing on musical engagement in everyday life, Lynne has published in College Music Symposium on non-music majors’ engagement with music, in California Music Teacher Journal on the value of exploratory musical learning, and has another publication in press with The Conversation on how AI is shaping Gen Z’s listening habits. She has also presented on Passion and Burnout at International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest, and is invited to present on Resilience in at the upcoming conference in Ireland August 2024.

While her latest research delves into music preferences, AI, and social listening, Lynne has conducted past research studies on creativity, the response to calls for more diversity in college music theory teaching, and on DEIA leadership in schools of music.


She has lectured lab sections at USC on music and community, music and sex appeal, relationships between music and language, music and emotions, and music preferences, among others. She has guest lectured on a wide variety of topics from music fundamentals to music in U.S. presidential campaigns to creativity in music. Mini-lecture topics include Renaissance Musical Automata, Sammy Nestico’s surprising legacy, Leonardo da Vinci’s Musical Inventions, Women composers of the Paris Conservatory, Music about Space, Composers Breaking the Rules, and Groove in the Concerto.

  Performance and Performance Instruction

Lynne currently works at Caltech as the Clarinet/Woodwinds Coach and Clarinet Choir Director. She has also worked as Wind Ensemble director at Cal Lutheran, coaches woodwinds for the USC Trojan Concert Band, and is the founder and director of the Los Angeles Youth Clarinet Ensemble.

As a member of the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir, Lynne has performed at International ClarinetFest four times, including in a world premiere at the 2019 Fest. She has also been a performer and featured artist with many orchestras, wind ensembles, chamber groups, and ballet and opera companies in Colorado and California.


Lynne runs a large private studio of clarinet, saxophone, and flute students, and has coached woodwinds in several public school districts, including Arcadia Unified’s award winning music program. She has also been a guest clinician with the Music Teacher's Association of California Chamber Workshop, Tournament of Roses Honor Band, the Harmony Project, UC Riverside, Concordia University Clarinet Day, CSUN Youth Symphony and many other acclaimed music programs.

With various performing groups, Lynne has performed in China, Italy, UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and more, as well as at Carnegie Hall, Disney Concert Hall, Ambassador Auditorium, and the Burbank Starlight Bowl. Lynne has recorded at East West Studios and can be heard on many live-recordings from Peter and the Wolf to Martin Ellerby's Clarinet Concerto to the eclectic music of woodwind trio We3LA.

Lynne is also the founder and Artistic Director of the newly-formed consortium, Musica West, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit dedicated to the performance of music that honors creative works of underrepresented musicians. More coming soon - stay tuned!

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