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Alumna Emily Threinen Named U of M Director of Bands

April 27, 2016

Portrait: Emily Threinen

Portrait: Emily Threinen
School of Music alumna Emily Threinen will join the U of M as Director of Bands in August 2016.

Dr. Emily Threinen, currently an associate professor at Temple University, has been named Director of Bands at University of Minnesota School of Music. Threinen will assume leadership of the Bands Program beginning August 29, 2016.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Threinen back in Minnesota at the School of Music. She has proven herself to be an inspiring leader with a great wealth of experience, both nationally and internationally. She has a deep understanding of the importance of the legacy of the U of M Marching Band and Bands Program in the state and beyond. She has a strong commitment to engagement and outreach at the community, state, and national levels. Her energy and vision for our Bands Program will enrich the School of Music as a whole and will advance its relationship to our community, our nation, and the world,” said Michael Kim, director of the School of Music.

Dr. Threinen states, “It is an incredible honor to join the University of Minnesota faculty at the School of Music. Leading one of the finest band programs in the nation is a special opportunity; I am excited to work with the excellent students, faculty, and staff. As an alumna of the Band Program and the School of Music, I am very proud to return to my alma mater and give back to the great state of Minnesota.”

Threinen brings a wide array of experiences to the School of Music. She holds a doctor of musical arts degree in conducting from the University of Michigan, a master of music degree in conducting from Northwestern University, and a bachelor of music dual degree in clarinet performance and K-12 instrumental music education from the University of Minnesota. Following her undergraduate studies, Threinen performed as a clarinetist in the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and semi-professionally in the Twin Cities area.