A versatile New York City musician, William Sneddon plays oboe, English horn, flutes, clarinets, and saxophones. A former oboe student of Marc Lifschey, Arno Mariotti, Ronald Odmark and Pierre Pierlot, he has a Master of Music in performance from the University of Michigan. After 3 years in the 6th & 8th United States Army Bands, he played for a number of years as Principal Oboe in the Ann Arbor Symphony, was a baroque oboist with the baroque chamber Orchestra, Ars Musica, playing on the Smithsonian Concert series in Washington DC, and served two seasons as solo oboe and English horn with The Detroit Concert Band under Leonard B. Smith.
He began his teaching career as an Assistant Professor of Music at Western Kentucky University and continued as a performer at Opryland USA in Nashville, TN, playing in "Music, Music, Music" starring Brenda Lee, as well as in the Bowling Green-Western Symphony, and in television specials from the Nashville Opryhouse.
After coming to New York City, Bill has played regularly on Broadway. In addition to playing woodwinds in "A Class Act" and the Lincoln Center production of "Dessa Rose", he has appeared regularly in the Radio City Music Hall "Christmas Spectacular" and in many Broadway productions including "Crazy for You", "The Producers", "Dirty Rotten Scoundrals", "Thoroughly Modern Millie", "42nd Street", "Curtains", "Assassins", "The Boy From Oz", "The Wedding Singer", "Victor Victoria", "Bombay Dreams", "Guys and Dolls", "Tarzan", "The Drowsy Chaperone", "A Chorus Line", "Young Frankenstein", "Legally Blond", "Pal Joey".and most recently "Adams Family". He also has toured with the National Tour of "Les Miserables" and "Fallsettos" and recorded the English horn solo sound tracks for the Mirmax film, "City of Industry", starring Harvey Keitel.
In addition to his career on Broadway, William is a member of Sneddon and Sneddon - Harp and Flute, playing Celtic folk instruments and Scottish Smallpipes with his wife, Margaret. They also perform as the Hudson Heights Duo, a traditional duet with flute and classical harp. He is also a member of the FOP Irish War Pipe Band playing the Great Highland Bagpipes.
Bill teaches music on the faculty of the Ethical Culture Fieldston Schools of New York City and teaches for the RiverArts Council private lesson program in Hastings, NY.
New York, NY