Ronald Schneider joined the horn section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1978. He has performed as a soloist with the orchestra in Mozart horn concertos No. 1 and No. 3,, the Rosetti Concerto for Two Horns, as well as with the horn section in the Schumann Konzertstuck and Hubler concerto for four horns. He has been a member of the symphony's Board of Directors as a representative of the musicians. He also served as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Symphony Orchestra Institute based in Evanston, Illinois. Presently, he is involved in the advancement of The Pittsburgh Horn Club-an organization open to horn players at any level. www.pittsburghhornclub.com
In addition to his symphony activities, he has been an active participant in Pittsburgh-based chamber music groups. He has taught horn at Pennsylvania State University, Duquesne University, and Chatham College.
Mr. Schneider was born in St. Louis and grew up in Boston, where his father was a violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His first music lessons were on the violin; at the age of fifteen, he switched to the horn. Mr. Schneider attended the Eastman School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree, and has done graduate work at Northwestern University. His principal teachers include Charles Yancich of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Milan Yancich, at the Eastman School, and Dale Clevenger, of the Chicago Symphony.
He and his wife Debra, a recently retired senior vice president at Bank of New York Mellon, live in Mt. Lebanon with their daughters Annie and Melissa. They maintain a pack of three loving but poorly trained golden retrievers.
Since 1975, Mr. Schneider has played a horn manufactured by C.F. Schmidt of Berlin in 1927.