Ernst Schneider received his early music training in Herford, Germany. At age eighteen he immigrated to Canada where he continued his music education.
Among his teachers were Lloyd Powell, Helen Silvester, and the well-known west coast composer Jean Coulthard. He also attended composition classes at several summer schools.
Compositions of Ernst Schneider include works for piano, choir, solo voice, chamber groups, and orchestra. His music has been performed on radio and television, in festivals and concerts in Canada, USA, and Europe.
His compositional style has been described as conservative, almost romantic, with just the right touch of contemporary flavour.
Ernst Schneider received his Canadian Citizenship in 1963 and makes his home in Penticton, British Columbia. In addition to writing, teaching, lecturing and adjudicating, he has also served a president of the B.C. Registered Music Teachers‚ Association and the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers‚ Associations. He holds an associate degree in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and an associate degree in theory from the Trinity College of Music, London, England.
Ernst Schneider has done a great deal to promote Canadian music through his many lectures, workshops, and a weekly two-hour radio program on station CIGV-FM.