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Roland A. Schneller

Adjunct Senior Artist Teacher of Piano

Roland Schneller has been a member of the Blair faculty for more than 50 years, as the first full-time faculty member of Blair Academy. Blair Academy first opened as part of the preparatory division of George Peabody College for Teachers. Appointed Assistant Professor at Peabody College in 1970, he was part of the  leadership team of the Blair School of Music when it joined Vanderbilt in 1980.

Schneller received his Bachelor of Music degree from Mount Union College and his Master of Music degree from Indiana University.  

He was chair of the Blair Precollege Scholarship Committee from 1967-2017 and co-chair of the piano department for more than 50 years. His students have received awards and superior ratings in regional, state and area auditions. Recognized with the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts Outstanding Teacher award many times, he has also been honored as NAMTA’s Teacher of the Year. 

As a performer, he has appeared with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra three times as piano soloist in works of Saint Saëns, J.S. Bach and Britten, and as accompanist of the Blair Children’s Chorus Concert Choir, he performed Britten’s monumental War Requiem. As collaborative pianist, he has accompanied voice faculty members and the Blair Children’s Chorus in Austria, Canada, England, Germany, the Czech Republic and throughout the United States.