May 9th - 14th, 2021

Dr. Jill Schneider - organ

Organ Adjudicator Jill Schneider
Jill Schneider is an instructor of Organ, Harpsichord, and Piano at Washington State University. Dr. Schneider completed bachelor’s degrees in Organ Performance and Music Education in 1986 at the University of Colorado where her organ studies were directed by Don Vollstedt and Sandra Soderlund. She was awarded the Fiske Performance Scholarship in 1983 and inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society in 1986. After graduating, she taught class piano at Colorado State University, where she studied piano with Sidney Thompson. She taught General Music K-6 in the Poudre R-1 School District from 1986 to 1990.

Dr. Schneider earned a Master of Music Education Degree in 1991 and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance in 1995, both from the University of Georgia. She studied organ and harpsichord with Egbert Ennulat, a former student of Helmut Walcha and Ralph Kirkpatrick. During her graduate studies, she served as a graduate teaching assistant, teaching class piano and two methods courses for early childhood majors. She was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi in 1995, was awarded the Almonte C. Howell Jr. Fellowship Award for organists in 1994, and received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in 1993. After graduating, she joined the faculty at the University of Georgia as a part-time instructor and continued teaching early childhood music courses.

In 1998 and 1999, she taught organ at the Michigan State University Community Music School. She moved to Pullman, Washington, in 1999 and, in 2000, joined the music faculty at WSU, where she has taught organ, piano, harpsichord, music education, class piano, and music history.

Dr. Schneider is a member of the American Guild of Organists. She has served as adjudicator for organ and piano in both Michigan and Washington and has given workshops for the American Guild of Organists and the Washington State Music Teachers Association. She has taught studio piano in Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, and Washington, and currently serves as organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pullman. Dr. Schneider performs with Dr. David Turnbull in the organ-trumpet duo En Chamade and is active as a soloist and accompanist. At WSU, she has performed in the Faculty Artist Series and with the University Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

Important News!

Registration for Musicfest Northwest 2021 HAS BEEN SUSPENDED! New Masterclass Series Announced.

Masterclass Series 2021


Masterclass Series May 10-14, 2021 – Please see schedules for more information

Location Information

All master classes will be held at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox except the piano division which will be held at Steinway of Spokane in the Recital Room.


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