Wow, really terrible news:
Gretchen M. Snedeker packed a lot into her short life.
At 24, she was already the principal French horn player in two orchestras, had earned her master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, was an adjunct music professor at Colgate University and was being groomed to take over as principal horn player at Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown.
Thursday, the Baldwinsville woman’s life was cut short when she died from injuries suffered in an accident earlier that day in Oneida.
I always dug Gretchen. Really talented at the horn and a genuinely sunny person. I used to love saying her name in a funny old man voice (“Gretchen! Snedeker!“) and she would grin and bear it, even though I’m sure it was annoying after like 800 times; great name though, like from a Mark Twain novel. I hear that Gretchen took over the new music horn geekdom after I finished at Eastman, becoming the go-to-gal for Ossia and Musica Nova; I always dug that she challenged herself and went gung-ho into the scary world of new music for horn.
I hadn’t spoken to her in a while, but it seems that she had been doing really well musically upstate. She was also engaged which is nice to hear, but of course makes it all the more tragic. My thoughts are with her friends and family.