Dutcher Snedeker is a Grand Rapids pianist with a long history of performance. Coming from a musical family, he has grown up surrounded by different music styles that continue to inspire his multi-faceted interest in music.
A graduate of both GVSU and WMU, he has a desire to blend different genres in his writing and performing experiences, with a focus in future soul, funk fusion, jazz, and New Music. He is recognized as an active part of the West Michigan music community, with multiple nominations at the local WYCE Jammies and a jazz award from ArtPrize 2013. He has also had performing opportunities at the School of Improvised Music (SIM) and Bang on a Can’s 2016 Summer Festival.
Dutcher Snedeker is an active performer in West Michigan. While at Grand Valley State University, he was a member the nationally recognized GVSU New Music Ensemble, performing at three Strange Beautiful Music Festivals in Detroit, at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Colorado College with the Bowed Piano Ensemble, the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, with Cori Terry & Dancers at Wellspring Theatre, and the Music in Our Parks 2014 National Parks Tour. At Western Michigan University, he has played in the 2016-2017 Downbeat Award Winning WMU Jazz Orchestra as well as the WMU Symphonic Band. In 2017, he performed with members of the DSO and New Music Detroit in a performance of Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians" at the Strange Beautiful Music Festival and performed with the touring Broadway production of "Wicked" at DeVos Performance Hall.
Dutcher Snedeker currently performs with Bluewater Kings, Blushing Monk, and Earth Radio. In a live/studio music production role, he works for Founders Taproom in Grand Rapids on their sound engineer team and Third Coast Recording Company as a studio musician/engineering intern. He works with Bear Mark Productions as a booking assistant for The Mark Lavengood Band and as a booking agent for August and 2017/2018 Downbeat Student Award Winning group Lushh. As a writer, he has contributed album and concert reviews to Local Spins and writes a weekly column of reviews for WYCE. He is also one of the directors behind Art Music For All (AMFA), an arts organization dedicated to New Music with it's current first publication available here.