DR. EMILY THREINEN
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.
DR. ERIC HAMMER
Dr. Eric Hammer served 26 years as Director of Bands and Professor of Music Education at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, California. He earned a Bachelors of Music in Education from University of the Pacific, a Master of Music in conducting from University of Oregon, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Oregon. At Pacific, Eric lead the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band as well as teaching courses in Brass Pedagogy, Conducting/Score Analysis, Rehearsal Techniques and Band Development. He also hosted the Pacific Western Concert Band Festival, advised the Pacific Pep Band, supervised student teachers, and served on the Conservatory Planning and Priorities Committee. Additionally, Dr. Hammer was an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the country.
Eric's background included an Iowa upbringing and sixteen years of public school teaching experience. He was past President of the Western Division College Band Directors National Association and has also held leadership positions with California Music Educators Bay Section, Pacific Music Camp, the California Unit of the International Association of Jazz Educators, and the Yuba County Arts Council. Eric was a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education, Phi Kappa Phi, California Band Directors Association, National Band Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.
He has twice been honored as the Conservatory's most Inspirational Professor and was the original recipient of the University "Golden Apple" Mentor award for his positive influence on the lives of his students and the University.
Dr. Hammer founded the New Hammer Concert Band in 2016, and served as its Artistic Director and principal conductor until his passing.
Dr. Eric Hammer passed away on January 28th, 2019.