Hannah Schneider (St. John’s College)

An American Rhodes Scholar, HANNAH SCHNEIDER is a conductor and violinist currently based in Oxford.  In 2017, she won the Oxford conducting competition to serve as music director and conductor of the Oxford University Philharmonia in 2017-2018. In 2016, she founded Oxford Alternative Orchestra, a string ensemble dedicated to exploring the intersection of music and social impact. Under her leadership as conductor, the orchestra has performed in hospice centres, hospitals, and homeless shelters, among other charitable venues.   In March 2017, she led the orchestra in a tour to Edinburgh and an historic collaboration with the University of Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra.

From 2015-2016, Hannah worked as personal assistant to conductor Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, and as Director of Special Projects at the Mariinsky Foundation of America.  In addition to coordinating the I International Mariinksy Far East Festival in Vladivostok, she also facilitated concerts of  laureates of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition at Carnegie Hall and other venues.

Previously, Hannah studied violin performance at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in the studio of Vladimir Ivanov and Alyena Chvertok, and worked as a first violinist at the Opera de Bauge, France.   In 2013, she produced an album entitled “Music From the Mountains”, featuring child prodigies from the violence-stricken North Caucasus region of Russia.   She went on to graduate summa cum laude from Georgetown University, where she served as concertmaster of the orchestra, was the recipient of the Creative Excellence Award, the Duffel Award for the greatest contribution in the field of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Senior Scholar Musician Award. .

She has participated in conducting masterclasses with Marios Papadopolous and the Oxford Philharmonic, and John Traill and St Anne’s Camerata, and has conducted St Michel Strings in Mikkeli, Finland.   Hannah has studied conducting with Mariinsky Theatre conductor and Musin student Leonid Korchmar, as well as with another London-based Musin disciple, Alice Farnham.   Hannah considers her former employer, Valery Gergiev, to be one of her most influential mentors, and the person who encouraged and inspired her to pursue conducting

Past Conductors


Trinity 2016- Hilary 2017: Matthew Reese, St Anne’s
Trinity 2015 – Hilary 2016: John Warner, St Peter’s
Trinity 2014 – Hilary 2015: Jacob Swindells, Merton
Trinity 2013 – Hilary 2014: Cayenna Ponchione, Merton
Trinity 2012 – Hilary 2013: Harry Sever, Queen’s
Trinity 2011 – Hilary 2012: Benjamin Goodson, Hertford
Trinity 2010 – Hilary 2011: Matthew Lynch, St Hugh’s
Trinity 2009 – Hilary 2010: David O’Neill, Univ
Trinity 2008 – Hilary 2009: Craig Greene, Christ Church
Trinity 2007 – Hilary 2008: Jonathan Lo, St Peter’s
Trinity 2006 – Hilary 2007: Hugh Brunt, New
Trinity 2005 – Hilary 2006: Samuel Draper, Univ
Trinity 2004 – Hilary 2005: Paul Wingfield, Lincoln
Trinity 2003 – Hilary 2004: Philip Mann
Trinity 2002 – Hilary 2003: John Traill
Trinity 2001 – Hilary 2002: Tagbo Ilozue
Trinity 2000 – Hilary 2001: Chris Ward
Trinity 1999 – Hilary 2000: Rufus Frowde
Trinity 1998 – Hilary 1999: Tim Ribchester
Trinity 1997 – Hilary 1998: Pavel Kotla
Trinity 1996 – Hilary 1997: Laura Wakeley
Trinity 1995 – Hilary 1996: Jason Lai
Trinity 1994 – Hilary 1995: Paul Kildea
Trinity 1993 – Hilary 1994: Ashley Goodall
Trinity 1992 – Hilary 1993: Sarah Ioannides | OU Orchestra | OU Philharmonia | OU Sinfonietta | OU Chorus | OU Wind Orchestra | OU String Ensemble | OU Brass Band | OU Jazz Orchestra | OUCMS