Audrey Q. Snyder is a cellist, songwriter, arranger, and podcaster. As a pop and rock musician, Audrey has performed with The Who as touring principal cellist on their Moving On! tour in 2019 and for The Who Hits Back! 2022-2023 tour. She has also written and recorded three of her own EPs under the name Audrey Q, the most recent of which is titled Where to Find the Blankets and was released in December 2020.
As a theater musician, Audrey has played in professional productions of The Lion King, Mary Poppins, The Bridges of Madison County, Oklahoma!, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Oliver!. Audrey also subbed regularly on Hamilton: An American Musical during its 3-year stay in Chicago, and later toured with two other companies of the show from 2021 to 2023.
She is an advocate of contemporary instrumental music. As a core member of the Chicago-based Zafa Collective⏤ a new music group founded with the idea of inclusivity (both in programming and performance) at its core⏤ she performed at Constellation, Poetry Foundation, Center on Halsted, Fulton Street Collective, and others. In December 2019, Snyder produced, performed in and coordinated the live performance of New Music//New Film Collaborative
, a year-long project that facilitated the creation of 5 new pieces with corresponding video art; all audio with video was released in 2020.
Snyder also hosts and produces a podcast called AudPod
, which features interviews with other musicians. The podcast first featured only Chicago-based guests from 2017-2020, and has since restarted in Spring 2023 with a broader scope.
Audrey holds a B.M. and M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Alan Harris.