Name: Andrew Snedeker
Instrument: Oboe/English horn
Hometown: Born in Connecticut, lived in El Paso, Buffalo and Grand Rapids, MI
At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 9
Who have been your greatest musical influences? Teachers Florence Sullivan, Dr. Galan Kral, William Baker and Robert Sorton.
Who are your favorite composers? Hard to choose – I love them all.
What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? I honestly don't know. Possibly a teacher.
What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Chopin Nocturnes, trumpet duets. When my kids have control, it's Switchfoot, or some other rock band. I occasionally get to listen to 90.1 WGCU.
Your hobbies and interests: Tennis, golf, swimming, boating, outdoor things.
Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I"ve done karaoke … and enjoyed it!
Funniest concert moment: An over-enthusiastic patron, in his exuberance, kissed the conductor. Besides that, the real funny moments are in the rehearsals … stage catching on fire, chicken feathers, shark fins, etc.
Daily practice rituals: Scales, long tones, reeds … more reeds … more reeds.
The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): "What is that?" Answer: "It's an oboe… "
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra: Being part of so many individuals coming perfectly together to create an incredible whole. That is an amazing experience.