If you’ve met Julian, he’s probably asked you “howzit?” A friendly, South African greeting meaning hello, how are you, what are you up to? On our blog, we’ll share how we’re doing and hope you’ll do the same. So…howzit?

Emily Threinen talks about her Musical Career with Us!

Emily Threinen will be a conductor with our Curtis Institute High School Summer Music Program. We talked with Emily and got to know her and her musical career better.


What is the Most Memorable Part of Your Career?

Conducting a suite from Carmina Burana with all instrumentalists and choral students at Harding High School (my first teaching position in Minnesota) at my farewell concert.  I had left to pursue graduate work in conducting.

What do you tell your young music students about preparing for a competition or performance?

Although the final product is very important, it is the process that matters most. If you are working hard, try to trust your preparation and your musical voice.

How has teaching music changed since you were a young student or first started teaching?

Resources of all types are much more accessible and thus, the role of instruction is influenced in all ways.  What can a teacher provide to a student that the internet or equipment cannot? 

Also, the question of "Will this degree get me a job?" seems to be a bigger priority than pursing music for edification, curiosity, and passionate desire.

Are there other composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play and record? Who are they?

  • Wolfgang Mozart
  • Richard Strauss
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Arnold Schoenberg
  • Paul Hindemith
  • Michael Colgrass
  • Joseph Schwantner

Was there pressure for you to become professional?

No, I am the only musician in my family.

What is your favorite thing about the Curtis Institute of Music?

Its unrelenting commitment to outstanding musicianship.

What instrument do you play?



Rapid Fire Favorites:

When I was 16……People would be surprised to know….I worked the night shift 6 days a week at Burger King in my hometown to pay for my clarinet and lessons.

Favorite things about Philadelphia? The musical outlets, shopping, and the food.

Favorite place to eat in Philadelphia? Too many to pick just one.

Favorite thing to do besides music? Outdoor activities of all kinds.  Family cabin in northern Minnesota is my haven.

Favorite Movies? Goonies, Silence of the Lambs, and Up

Favorite Book? Any/all by Malcolm Gladwell

Favorite TV Show? Seinfeld

What are you listening to on your iPod? French voices: Messiaen, Milhaud, Gounod, Varese, and Edith Piaf


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