Emily C Threinen

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Emily Threinen currently serves as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota School of Music in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. In this position, she conducts the acclaimed Wind Ensemble, guides the graduate wind band conducting program, assists undergraduate advanced conducting courses, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Minnesota Bands. Prior to her appointment at Minnesota, Threinen served as Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music, and Artistic Director of Winds and Brass at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Before her work in Philadelphia, Threinen served as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia; Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony in Durham, North Carolina; Director of the Concordia University Wind Ensemble in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Conductor of the Dodworth Saxhorn Band in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at Harding High School in St. Paul, Minnesota, receiving the Outstanding Teacher Award.

Threinen consistently works with composers, arrangers, and performing artists of varied disciplines. Residencies and projects with composers and new compositions are integral to her creative work. Threinen is published in multiple volumes of the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance in Band book series where she has been recognized as a strong scholarly contributor. She is an active guest conductor, clinician, conference presenter, and performer.

Threinen is a Yamaha Master Educator and was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in 2016. She is an active member of these organizations: World Association for Symphonic Band and Ensembles (WASBE), College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), National Band Association (NBA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Pi Kappa Lambda, and Kappa Kappa Psi as an honorary member.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Musical Arts: Conducting, University of Michigan.
  • Master of Music: Conducting, Northwestern University.
  • Bachelor of Music: Double major: Clarinet Performance and K-12 Instrumental Music Education, University of Minnesota.
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Conductor of the Pennsylvania All-State Wind Ensemble: 2016
  • Temple University Wind Symphony: Chamber Winds performance “Homage to Mozart”: World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in San Jose, CA , 2015
  • Temple University Wind Symphony performance “Philadelphia Stories”: College Band Directors National Association National Conference in Nashville, TN , 2015
  • Conductor of Vermont All-State Band, West Virginia All-State Band, and TMEA All-State 5A Symphonic Band: 2015
  • Conductor of La Banda Primitiva of Llíria, Spain: 2014
  • Guest Conductor with the US Army Field Band: 2014
  • Temple University Wind Symphony performance “Crossing Over”: Eastern Division College Band Directors National Association Conference in Boston, MA , 2014
  • Conductor Residency at Queensland Conservatorium: Brisbane, Australia , 2013
  • Conductor Residency with Projeto Guri: Sao Paulo and Bauru, Brazil , 2013
  • Co-presenter at The Midwest Clinic: Chicago, Illinois , 2012
  • Director of Bands: Harding High School, St. Paul
  • Clarinetist: Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (Twin Cities)