Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Todd Snead
Todd Snead is the Chief Executive Officer of Phantom Regiment, a non-profit youth performing arts organization based in Loves Park, IL. He holds a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from Georgia State University and has been a leader in arts education for over 20 years. Prior to his appointment at Phantom Regiment, Dr. Snead was the Interim Director of Lyric Unlimited (the department dedicated to learning and community engagement) at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Dr. Snead’s career began in 1999 as Assistant Director of Bands at Judson High School in Converse, TX, where his bands received superior ratings. He then performed professionally with the first national touring cast of the award-winning musical Blast! as a trombone, euphonium, and conductor. In 2003, he was appointed Education Coordinator for The Phoenix Symphony, where he served as the Project Coordinator for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program. His collaborative work with The Phoenix Symphony and Arizona State University earned him the 2005 Collegiate Community Partnership Award. During his graduate studies at Georgia State University, Dr. Snead served as a Site Coordinator for the nationally recognized Sound Learning Program (a music education partnership with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Public Schools). Dr. Snead’s success in academia led to his appointment as Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2009.
He returned to arts administration in 2014 as Education Manager at The Atlanta Opera and was later named Director of Learning Programs at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2017. While at Lyric Opera, Dr. Snead was actively engaged in the Opera America Education and Community Engagement Network, served on the Opera America Teaching Artist Training Task Force, and on the Partnership and Professional Learning Collective Impact Panel and for Ingenuity, Inc.
Dr. Snead’s passion for the marching arts began in 2003 as a brass instructor for the Madison Scouts. He later served as a brass instructor at Glassmen and Spirit of Atlanta drum and bugle corps (serving as Spirit’s Brass Co-Caption Head in 2010). Dr. Snead was appointed Spirit of Atlanta’s Corps Director in 2011 and then promoted to Executive Director the following year. Under his leadership, Spirit returned to Drum Corps International’s elite “finalist” status and achieved the corps’ highest score in 25 years. Dr. Snead has also served on the Drum Corps International Tour Committee, the Board of Directors of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, and was inducted into the Spirit of Atlanta Hall of Fame in 2021.
Dr. Snead has been a teacher, clinician, and adjudicator throughout much of the United States and has provided professional development for musicians in the Atlanta and Charleston Symphony Orchestras. He has presented research and has been an invited panelist at state and national music education conventions and is published in Music Educators Journal and Teaching Music. Dr. Snead holds a Bachelor of Music from Texas Tech University and a Master of Music from Arizona State University.