Nicole Snodgrass

New Jersey Music Educators Association – Master Music Teacher

Nicole Snodgrass has been the choral director at Cherokee High School in Marlton, New Jersey for the past twenty-one years and is in her twenty-fifth year of teaching vocal music. During her time at Cherokee High School, Ms. Snodgrass’ choirs are perennially featured musical guests at The White House in Washington, DC and Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, have appeared live in concert with the rock band Foreigner at the Camden BB&T Pavilion, have performed for the stadium fans of the Harlem Globetrotters, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Philadelphia Phantoms, as well as guest appearances at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Grounds for Sculpture. Ms. Snodgrass’ choirs have toured England, Ireland, San Francisco, New York City, Boston, and Charleston, South Carolina, and recorded several albums of their tour presentations. Her Concert Choir was invited to perform at the 2019 Louisiana ACDA conference in New Orleans. Her 2009 Girls Traveling Choir won the B101 Christmas Idol Radio Contest and received a $7,500 piano from Cunningham Piano Company. Many of her students have gone on to make their living in the field of music.

Ms. Snodgrass is honored to be the Conductor of the 2020 New Jersey All-State Treble Chorus as well as being the recipient of the 2020 NJMEA New Jersey Master Music Teacher Award. Other recent accolades include Cherokee High School Teacher of the Year (2018), quarterfinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award (2016 & 2017), conductor of the South Jersey Senior High Chorus (2015) and in 2014, she was chosen as one of Suburban Family Magazine’s “Outstanding Teachers.”

Using her own gifts in mentoring students and other teachers, Ms. Snodgrass has hosted and collaborated with world-class musicians to offer her students master classes with Grammy award winning singer Paul Phoenix, British a cappella vocal ensemble The King’s Singers, composers Ola Gjeilo and David Conte, and acclaimed choral directors Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Dr. Amanda Quist, Tom Shelton, Dr. Chris Thomas, and Gabriel Crouch. She commissioned British composer Michael Neaum to write a choral work which her choir premiered at Longwood Gardens as part of their 100th anniversary celebration.

Educated at West Chester University, she studied choral conducting with Grammy award-winning conductor Donald Nally. She has also received extensive training at Westminster Choir College where she studied choral conducting with Dr. Joe Miller, vocal technique and rehearsal techniques with Dr. James Jordan, voice pedagogy with Dr. Kathy Price, and she recently earned her Level I KodЗly Certification. Ms. Snodgrass has sung professionally for more than twenty-five years. In addition to starring in multiple community theater productions, she has appeared as a guest soloist with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, Brandywine Valley Chorale, and has performed choral works with the Pennsylvania Ballet and Delaware Symphony Orchestra. She has been the soprano soloist at Historic Old Pine Street Church in Philadelphia since 1996.

The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

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The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the Arts Ed NJ, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Speech and Debate League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Writer's Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Thespians and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor's Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.