Dr. Michael Golemo
Director of Bands
Iowa State University
Michael Golemo has been the Director of Bands and University Professor of Music at Iowa State University since 1999. From 2005 to 2017, he also served as the Chair for the Department of Music & Theatre. In addition to conducting the Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band, he teaches courses in music education, conducting, and oversees a program of eleven bands.
Under his direction, the Iowa State University Wind Ensemble has performed five times for the Iowa Bandmasters Association conventions. They have performed in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis’ Orchestra Hall and Omaha’s Holland Center for the Performing Arts. They have had seven performing tours in Europe with performances in Paris, Brussels, Vienna, Prague, Rome, London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Florence, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Munich and Stüttgart. In 2016, the Wind Ensemble performed for the College Band Directors National Association and the National Band Association North Central Division Conference that was held at Iowa State.
A native of Chicago, he received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University where he studied conducting with John Paynter and saxophone with Frederick Hemke. He completed his doctorate in wind conducting at Michigan State University. He previously served as Assistant Director of Bands at The University of Akron (OH) and prior to that as Director of Bands at Albion College (MI).
With over 400 instrumental arrangements, transcriptions and compositions to his credit, Dr. Golemo has had works performed by a variety of performers and ensembles – from Carnegie Hall to Russia – including Louie Bellson, Wynton Marsalis, Anita Baker, Simon Estes, William Warfield, the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. He has arranged music for high school and college marching bands and often writes for the Iowa State University “Cyclone” Marching Band. His music is published by Ludwig Music Publishers, Dorn Publications, Santa Barbara Music Publishers, Daehn Publications (C.L. Barnhouse Company) and Great Works Publishing.
Dr. Golemo stays active nationally and internationally as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He has conducted all-state bands in Iowa, Nebraska, Louisiana, Idaho and New Mexico. He has served as the guest conductor for numerous honor bands at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels. He has contributed articles to a variety of journals and publications including The Instrumentalist, The Journal of the Association of Concert Bands, The Podium, The Journal of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and Teaching Music Through Performance in Band (volumes 9 and 10).
He holds memberships in numerous organizations, including the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, Iowa Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary, Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honorary, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters, and is an honorary member of the Cardinal Key Honor Society at Iowa State University and both Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi.
He has received several notable awards, including the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s Superior Service to Alumni Award, the Iowa State College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ Outstanding Achievement in Departmental Leadership Award, and Kappa Kappa Psi’s Distinguished Service to Music Medal, that organization’s highest honor.
He is a past president of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the Big Twelve Band Directors Association, and is a past national president and board of trustees member for Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity. He is the conductor of the Ames Municipal Band and in 2007, Dr. Golemo was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.
Dr. Emily Threinen
Director of Bands
University of Minnesota
Emily Threinen is an Associate Professor of Music and serves as Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota School of Music in the Twin Cities. In this position, she conducts the acclaimed University Wind Ensemble, guides the graduate wind band conducting program, assists in undergraduate conducting, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Minnesota Band Program.
Prior to her position here, Threinen served as Director of Bands and Artistic Director of Winds and Brass at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Director of Bands 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, where she received the Outstanding Teacher Award.
Threinen consistently works with composers, arrangers, and performing artists of varied disciplines. Residencies and projects with composers 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 active, across the nation and abroad (appearances in Australia, Spain, Brazil, and Canada), as a guest conductor, clinician, and conference presenter.
A strong advocate for music education, Threinen is a proud Yamaha Master Educator and serves on the Executive Council of the Institute for Composer Diversity. In 2019, Threinen served as the conductor for the NAfME All-National Concert Band at the National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Additionally, she is an active member of these organizations: American Bandmasters Association (ABA), World Association for Symphonic Band and Ensembles (WASBE), College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Big Ten Band Directors Association (currently serving as President), National Band Association (NBA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and Pi Kappa Lambda and Kappa Kappa Psi as an honorary member.
Threinen is a native of Minnesota and is a proud alumna of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Class of 1999: Bachelor of Music Degrees in Clarinet Performance and K-12 Music Education.