Staff Signals: Fall 2017

Click here to read the Summer 2017 Staff Signals, SAI Denver Alumnae’s quarterly newsletter.

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June Sister of the Month: Danielle Snyder

Danielle (Danni) Snyder was the pianist for all of the choirs performing the “Spring with the Colorado Children’s Chorale” at Boettcher Concert Hall on April 22. Her fabulous accompaniments, including playing for a world premiere song, “Be Brave” by Kevin Padworski, had us bursting with pride.

Here’s more about our talented “Sister of the Month”:

Beginnings

I grew up in Dayton, Ohio, in a family that included my parents, an older brother and a younger sister; my parents still live there and I see them as often as possible; from the time I was little, I loved to pretend playing the piano that lived in my house; at age 4, I started asking my mom for lessons and we found the only place in town that would start teaching a four-year-old.

Education & Musical Background

I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, in 2014; my most amazing collegiate experience was my semester abroad during my junior year in Vienna, Austria, where I studied at the IES Vienna Institute; I currently hold these positions—Staff Pianist and Music Librarian for the Colorado Children’s Chorale, accompanist and handbell choir director at Calvary Baptist Church, Denver, and accompanist for the Colorado Symphony Chorus; I also have four private piano students.

Special Musical Adventures

In the summer of 2016 I traveled to Europe with the CCC Festival Singers for concerts with the Colorado Symphony Chorus in Paris, Strasbourg and Munich; my most memorable moment was visiting Eglise de la Madeleine where Gabriel Faure was organist and led the premiere of his beloved Requiem in 1893; this spring I flew for 15 hours to Australia to accompany the CCC Tour Choir in two weeks of concerts in Melbourne, Bairnsdale, Canberra and Sydney; I especially loved Canberra, the capital city, and the concert we performed in a small town named Buchan for our best audience in an unassuming but awesome community hall; we also toured some beautiful caves near the town.

Family & Summer Plans

My boyfriend of two years, Taylor, and my wonderful rescue dog, Vincent, a 6-year-old husky/shepherd mix; if I were an animal, I’d be a dog, and hope I could be as unconditionally loving as Vincent is; my summer plans include playing at schools and other venues where CCC has partnerships.

SAI Background

I was initiated into Sigma Upsilon Chapter at DU in 2012 and served as VP Programs my senior year; I affiliated with Denver Alumnae Chapter fall, 2014; I presented the program at our 75th anniversary celebration in March, 2015, and performed on the musicale in June, 2016; my favorite parts of being an SAI—our philanthropic work, our sisterhood ties, being a Rose Sister and the sing-alongs!

June 2017 Meeting

The Denver Alumnae Chapter’s June 2017 meeting featured its annual “SAI’s Got Talent” Musicale, luncheon, and awards ceremony. The musicale was hosted at Rockley Music Center in Lakewood, and the luncheon was hosted at the Lakewood Nazarene Church.

Martha Lobmeyer, Mary Hanson, and Joan Garver received 60-year membership certificates, and Dee Netzel received a 70-year membership certificate. We’re hoping she can break the current record of 80 years!

Nikki Frontz received a Certificate of Excellence, Kristin Rousom received the Rose of Honor, Dorothy Nelson received the Wreath of Achievement, and Donita Banks received the Rose of Dedication. Congratulations to all award recipients!