Rhapsody Snyder has played in numerous bands and ensembles, ranging from classical to rock to musical theater in such venues as House of Blues Chicago, The Metro, Lincoln Hall, Schubas, Davenports Piano Bar and the iconic Double Door. She has played on WBEZ’s Vocalo 90.7 Live from Studio 10 and been featured on album recordings on See You Again by The Lifeline and Rachel Eve’s Our Love is Imagined. In the classical sphere she was a part of the Chicago Premier of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians at DePaul University and was the pianist for numerous chamber ensembles. She’s been the featured pianist in Chicago theater productions such as It’s A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play at American Theater Company and the Musical Director of Attend the Tale of Danny Tanner: A Full House Musical. She currently works with tenor Brandon Moorehead with their duo, with their satirical critiques of classical and show-tune culture. As a pianist and harpist, Rhapsody especially enjoys working with people in all genres and has made it her artistic mission to bridge the gap between seemingly differing mediums through improvisational collaboration between dancers, visual artists and writers.
A Maryland native currently residing in Chicago, IL, Rhapsody holds a Bachelors of Arts in Music from DePaul University where she studied piano after attending Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She has over 10 years experience as a church musician, accompanist and teacher of both piano and harp. Rhapsody has served as the Co-Music Director and pianist for Wellington United Church of Christ in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, taught private piano lessons at the Chicago School of Music, and ran her private piano studio with students of all ages. As a teacher, Rhapsody is currently on piano faculty at the School of Performing Arts in Naperville, IL. As a teacher, she emphasizes creativity and works with her students on skills ranging from songwriting to music theory to traditional classical repertoire.
Rhapsody is worked as the the Chicago Institutional Sales Manager for piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons in Chicago where she develops and cultivates relationships with Chicago cultural institutions, and she currently serves as the Music Department Director at the School of Performing Arts in Naperville, IL.
Rhapsody is dedicated to the promotion and development of not-for-profit organizations, and worked as the on-site organizer of Active Blessing Uganda, an orphan relief organization based in Mbale, Uganda where she also sat on the Board of Directors as Secretary. Rhapsody has also worked as the Program Coordinator for the PianoForte Foundation organizing educational programs, concerts, music festivals and music competitions, spearheading the 2000 and 2012 Chicago Amateur Piano Competition. She’s spent time working as the Program Director and Teaching Artist for Foundations of Music (formally Rock for Kids) where she managed music education programming for Chicago Public Schools. She constantly seeks to support her community programs and institutions through volunteering, administrative assistance and music.