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Box of Surprises

Dylan Schneider, piano


Nocturne & Wake-Up Call

Tim Munro, flute


Moment Musical

By Dylan Schneider

Wind's Voice

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra



March 31, 2023

All-Schneider program at Amherst College, featuring the Cassatt String Quartet and special guests.

March 30, 2023

A symposium entitled "Intersections: Cross-Media Influences in the Music of Dylan Schneider," will feature a conversation between Schneider, the Cassatt String Quartet, and special guests.

July 5 -16, 2022

Schneider will serves as composers-in-residence at the 19th Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music in Maine. Joined by the Cassatt Quartet and other esteemed musicians, the festival will include thirteen performances of Schneider's GOES A-A-A-H, a string quartet inspired by the bossa nova stye.

January 31, 2022

The Cassatt Quartet records GOES A-A-A-H, Schneider's new bossa nova string quartet, at Oktaven Audio Studio.

May 29, 2021

Box of Surprises goes live at the VIBRANT International Music Festival in Sweden. Watch it all online: VIBRANT Festival.

May 13-16, 2021

Pianist Larry Axelrod performs Box of Surprises at Chicago's Pianoforte studio. The concert will be streamed at Amherst College Reunion Weekend and the Swedish Festival of New Music with Electronics.

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February, 2021

A second collaboration with the Cassatt Quartet. More details TBA.  

April 4, 2020

World premiere: GOES A-A-A-H, a bossa nova string quartet. 3:00 p.m. at the Karuna Center in Northampton, MA. The program also includes my Cliffhanger for two violins. (Postponed due to Covid-19)

December 6, 2019

World premiere of Dancer at an Exhibition by the Cassatt String Quartet at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. Composed in response to artwork at the Clark, the piece follows Degas' iconic ballerina (Little Dancer of Fourteen Years) on a whirlwind tour of the museum's collection, architecture, and grounds. More info. here.  

October 11, 2019

Dylan gives a talk at the Composers in a Classroom Getting Coffee series at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, about his latest string quartet: Dancer at an Exhibition.


September 7, 2019

Premiere of Cliffhanger for two violins by Marie Comuzzo and Victoria Senko at the 2019 Five College New Music Festival at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


September 5, 2019

Dylan presents a discussion entitled "Scaling El Capitan on the Violin: Composing Cliffhanger" at Amherst College.


July 1, 2019

Dylan begins joint appointment as Visiting Professor of Music at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


June 30, 2019

Dylan finished year-long appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Williams College.


May 28, 2019

Dylan presents his chamber opera "Strip-Tease" at Eastern China Normal University, Shanghai.


May 18, 2019

Dylan delivers a colloquium on his work at the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barabara.


May 9, 2019

Performance of Nocturne and Wake-Up Call at the Laboratory for Composition, Williams College.


April 15, 2019

Dylan presents at the Faculty Lecture Series at Williams College, in a talk entitled: "Talking-Our Clothes Off: Contemporary Opera & the Absurd."


March 25, 2019

Collaboration with Momenta String Quartet at the Laboratory for Composition, Williams College.


March 19, 2019

Dylan presents "Bringing Slavic Absurdism to the Operatic Stage: Strip-Tease" at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


March 9, 2019

Composition Laboratory with the Dover String Quartet, Williams College.


January 11, 2019

Performance of Moment Musical and Nocturne & Wake-Up Call at the I/O Festival for Contemporary Music at Williams College, featuring flutist Jacqueline DeVoe and violins Muneko Otani.  


November 10, 2018

Lecture-performance: Composing in Circles: Box of Surprises for Solo Piano" at Smith College Department of Music.

November 4, 2018

Dylan performs Box of Surprises in Brooks-Rogers Hall at Williams College.

August 29, 2018

Premeire of Leaping for solo clarinet, as part of the inaugural Composers Forum 2017-18 season at Marlboro College, VT.


August 20, 2018

Dylan launches the Marlboro College Composers Forum, VT. The forum serves as space for composers to share, workshop, and premiere new works.


July 20, 2017

Dylan will serve as Visiting Professor in the Music Department at Amherst College during the 2017-18 academic year.


July 5, 2017

Music video of Box of Surpirses for solo piano released, featuring Dylan Schneider, piano

May 2, 2017

From Buckley to Broadway concert at Amherst College, featuring original compositions by the students in Dylan's music theory course entitled, Exploring Music. Each student had a piece perfromed and received a recording of their work.


March 25, 2017

Premiere of Box of Surprises for solo piano at the "Are We There Yet?" festival, Amherst MA, curated by Visiting Professor John McDonald.


December 10, 2016

Concert featuring original works by Dylan's composition class at Smith College, Earle Recital Hall.


November 5, 2016

Premiere of Perversions for toy piano, performed by Judith Gordon, piano. Josten Library, Smith College.


April 4-6, 2016

Nocturne & Wake-Up Call and Moment Musical receive their Massachusetts premiere at the Arts-a-la-Carte Festival at the Mead Museum, Amherst College, featuring Alison Hale (iflute) and Elizabeth Chang (violin)

April 5, 2016

ARTQUAKES Festival: Dylan curates a concert/exhbition featuring artwork, music, & monologues by Amherst College students at the Powerhouse, Amherst, MA.

December 15, 2015

Concert featring oringal works by Dylan's compositon students at Smith College, Room 215.

November 14, 2015

Dylan’s 2015 installation project, entitled HEAR/ACT, blurs the boundaries between composer, performer, audience, and instrument maker. View a short documentary here.

October 12, 2015

Dylan is interviewed about his recent opera, STRIP-TEASE.

Watch the interview here.

July 6, 2015

Dylan joins the faculty of the Department of Music at Smith College, where he will teach composition during the 2015-2016 school year.


October 09, 2014

Dylan plays and records Mozart’s Piano Sonata in B-Flat Major, K. 333. You can view the video recording here.


July 1, 2014

A new chamber opera, entitled PKHENTZ, for the 2015-16 season of subLIMINAL OPERA (a new opera collective based in New York City) is in development. PHENTZ will be Dylan’s third opera.

June 10, 2013

Dylan begins work on a new song cycle for soprano and chamber ensemble, based on ancient Chinese poetry.

October 16, 2013

Moment musical receives its premiere in Fulton Recital Hall.

August 30, 2013

Dylan received his PhD from the University of Chicago.

June 1, 2013

Discussion of STRIP-TEASE opera in the Polish Music Newsletter (Polish, English).

May 17, 2013

STRIP-TEASE, Dylan’s second opera, received its fully-staged premiere at Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, during the Center’s inaugural season. The performers included eighth blackbird, the Pacifica Quartet, Cliff Colnot, and more.

September 8, 2012

Nocturne and Wake-Up Call received a performance by the newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Kansas City.

July 11, 2012

Rhapsodie atomique received its Asian premiere at the 8th Thailand International Composition Festival, in Bangkok, with the composer at the piano.

February 18, 2012

Dylan was named regional winner in the 2012 SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Commission competition. The piece selected was his Dances in Incendiary Keys: Piano Quintet (2011).

February 18, 2012

Soprano Patrice Michaels sings the premiere of Sinfonía Nocturna, a song cycle featuring texts of Uruguayan poet Líber Falco. The cycle was featured on a program of the New Music Ensemble of the University of Chicago.

July 29, 2011

Nocturne and Wake-Up Call, a fantasy for solo flute, received its Asian premiere at the 2011 Thailand International Composition Festival in Chiang Mai.

June 30, 2011

Dylan made a studio recording of his Rhapsodie atomique, for solo piano.

June 19, 2011

Dylan was selected as a Finalist in the 2011 Thailand International Composition Competition. His fantasy for solo flute, Nocturne and Wake-Up Call, was performed at a concert at the International Composition Festival in Chiang Mai. Here is a link to a short video about the festival.

May 18, 2011

The Dances in Incendiary Keys: Piano Quintet received its premiere by eighth blackbird’s pianist Lisa Kaplan and the Pacifica Quartet. The performance was featured on the concert series of CONTEMPO, the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago.  

May 7, 2011

Flutist Dina Gusejnova performed Nocturne and Wake-Up Call on a program of the University of Chicago’s New Music Ensemble.

April 9, 2011

Pianist Amy Briggs and cellist Paula Kosower premiered the TOCCATA for Cello and Piano at a concert of the soundQUAKES Festival in Chicago.

April 14, 2010

Schnider’s orchestra piece A TREE TELLING OF ORPHEUS: WIND’S VOICE received its premiere by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, in Saint Paul.


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