An active performer of both jazz and classical music, Idit has played in various distinguished venues in the United States and abroad, such as The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Center in New York.
Currently Shner plays with her jazz quartet in Eugene and Portland, Oregon. Her debut jazz CD, TUESDAY'S BLUES, was released on OA2 Records. In addition to considerable airplay, TUESDAY'S BLUES got great reviews from JazzTimes, All Music Guide, and Jazz Review. Past Jazz festival performances include the Diet Coke Woman in Jazz Festival (NY), Bellayre Festival (NY), and New-Trier Jazz Festival (IL). During 2005-2006 Idit frequently played lead alto with Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra. Performing her own compositions in a jazz combo setting, she was selected to participate in Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead.
As an avid classical saxophonist Idit has commissioned and recorded new music and performed solo recitals in the US and Israel. She recently released her first classical recording, FISSURES: 20th Century Music for saxophone and Harp with renowned harpist Yumiko Schlaffer. Idit has collaborated with Fireworks, Beta Collide and Third Angle (new music ensembles), and regularly performs with the Oregon Symphony. Other appearances include the Northwest Percussion Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, the Oregon Bach Festival, and many North American Saxophone Alliance Conventions. During March 2006 she played in Israel as a featured soloist with a symphonic orchestra, and performed contemporary music at the national convention of the Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the US. Her last solo recital in Israel was broadcasted live on Voice of Music, a national public radio station.
Idit appears on Music from SEAMUS Vol. 16, a compilation CD of music for instruments and electronic sounds by members of the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States.
Idit holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma City University, a Masters degree in Music Education from University of Central Oklahoma, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of North Texas. Idit now teaches at the University of Oregon, as assistant professor of saxophone and jazz studies.