Director – Delia Raab-Snyder is an alumna of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra of the PYO organization, Settlement Music School and the School District of Philadelphia. She holds a Bachelors degree in Music in clarinet performance from The Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Mark Nuccio, and a Masters in Music from The University of Southern California where she was a student of Yehuda Gilad. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival and The Bowdoin International Music Festival, and studied the Orff Method at Villanova University. Ms. Raab-Snyder has worked extensively with children in New York, Philadelphia, The Los Angeles Unified School District, and El Centro de Esperanza Infantil in Oaxaca, Mexico. She resides in Philadelphia.
Assistant Director and Site Co-ordinator -Paul Smith is an active composer, performer and educator. As a performer, Mr. Smith has premiered dozens of works to include the premiere of Robert Cuckson’s “Concerto for Guitar” with the Mannes Orchestra under David Hayes and the premiere recording on the Vienna Modern Masters label of David Loeb’s “Asian Fantasias” for solo guitar. He received his Bachelors of Music from the Mannes College of Music studying under Frederic Hand where he was awarded the Associated Music Teacher’s award. Mr. Smith received a Masters Degree from The Juilliard School where he studied under Sharon Isbin and was a recipient of the McCabe Fellowship award, specializing in creating performance based educational outreach programs. He has performed with The New Juilliard Ensemble, ICE, and has received intensive baroque performance coaching from Lionel Party. Mr. Smith’s compositions have been featured in venues ranging from Alice Tully Hall, to Seoul, Korea, and receives regular commissions for new works. His voice and guitar ensemble, The Spoon River Duo, specializes in works for the classical guitar and voice medium and has also premiered numerous commissions. Mr. Smith has developed after school enrichment programs at The School at Columbia University and instrumental instruction at Settlement Music Schools in Philadelphia