Harpsichordist and pedagogue Dr. Alexandra Snyder Dunbar holds degrees from the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Interlochen Arts Academy. She received full scholarship as a resident in the C.V. Starr Fellows Program as a Doctoral Candidate at Juilliard in the harpsichord studio of Lionel Party. Alexandra was a Teaching Assistant and Music Theory Teaching Fellow at Juilliard.
Dr. Dunbar currently maintains a lively studio of keyboardists on harpsichord and piano in Washington Heights, New York City. She teaches underserved neighborhood children at Washington Heights Choir School at Holyrood Church. Her program, The World of the Harpsichord, has been awarded grant funding from Gotham Early Music Scene and Early Music America. For more information about The World of the Harpsichord, please visit www.worldoftheharpsichord.com.
Other teaching endeavors have included the Morse Fellowship Program through Juilliard, a yearlong residency teaching music in New York Public Schools, the GO Project in New York City, as well harpsichord teacher at The Brearley School, The French-American School of Music. Alexandra was an apprentice in the New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist program in 2008-2009. Currently, Alexandra is the music history teacher at the Special Music School High School.
In addition to teaching, Alexandra is also an avid outreach performer, playing with various ensembles in New York area hospitals and rehabilitation centers as a part of Juilliard’s Gluck Community Service Fellowship program. Alexandra has collaborated on performance projects with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, The New Juilliard Ensemble, The Juilliard Electric Ensemble, Axiom, Bacchanalia Baroque Ensemble, The Dryden Ensemble, the Foundlings Ensemble, and most notably, The New York Philharmonic. Other performances have included such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, The Weill Hall and Zankel Halls at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Hall, The DiMenna Center, The Italian Cultural Institute, Faculty House and St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University, as well as in Italy, Austria, and the Czech Republic.
Alexandra appeared as harpsichord soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, and Orchestra 54, as well as in Dorian Baroque. She performed an ambitious all-concerto recital at the Juilliard School with the Baroque Pick-Up Orchestra, all with period instruments. She grew up in Memphis, Tennessee in a musical family, which continues playing together. Alexandra and her sister Maggie Snyder perform in Allemagnetti, a viola and harpsichord duo, which was presented by Artists International for their debut performance at Carnegie Hall in May 2009. Their performance was hailed as a “highly promising debut,” …in “a recital that showed them [Allemagnetti] to be a winning pair.” Alexandra was also noted for her “fine continuo realization” at this performance. (Rorianne Schrade, New York Concert Review, Summer 2009 Issue) Alexandra is an harpsichordist in the Dorian Baroque, Chamber Orchestra of New York, Washington Heights Musical Society, and Les Claires Duo.