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  • Dr. Amanda Quist

    Dr. Amanda Quist is the Director of Choral Activities for the Frost School of Music faculty of the University of Miami. Dr. Quist was previously Associate Professor of Conducting and Chair of the Conducting, Organ, and Sacred Music Department at Westminster Choir College. Dr. Quist is the recipient of Westminster Choir College of Rider University’s 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2018 Mazzotti Award for Women’s Leadership, and she is the Carol F. Spinelli Conducting Fellow. Dr. Quist was recently invited to be a conductor for the ACDA International Exchange Program, a clinician for 2019 ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival in Australia, juror for the Penabur International Choir Festival in Indonesia, and clinician for Interkultur International Choral Festival. Westminster Kantorei, an award-winning early music ensemble, has performed at the American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) Eastern Division Conference, Boston Early Music Festival, and Interkultur. The choir recently released its first commercial recording, Lumina, distributed by Naxos, which was hailed by infodad.com as a recording “sung with great beauty of sound and excellent articulation ... a CD to cherish” and by National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen as “superb, a splendid recording, highly recommended.” During her work with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Dr. Quist collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Dresden Staatskapelle. She also serves as Chorus Master for the Philadelphia Orchestra Chorus. Dr. Quist’s role as Chorus Master for the premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s opera Matsukaze at the Spoleto Festival USA and the Lincoln Center Festival garnered praise from The New York Times and Charleston City Paper, who described the chorus’ performance as “beautifully prepared, gripping,” a “gossamer web of voices” and “bridging the vocal and instrumental textures with perfect intonation.”
     
    Dr. Quist was Director of the Westminster Vocal Institute, a highly regarded summer program for talented high school students, and Director of Choral Activities at San José State University. Her other honors include the James Mulholland National Choral Award and the Audrey Davidson Early Music Award. An active guest conductor and clinician, her recent and upcoming appearances include the NAfME All-National Honor Choir, All-State Honor Choirs of Texas, California, Washington, Vermont, Missouri, Delaware, Colorado, All-Collegiate Honor Choirs in California, Massachusetts, and Georgia, and serving as the headliner for music conferences across the United States. Dr. Quist is the National ACDA Repertoire & Resources Coordinator for Collegiate Activities, and her choral series is published through Walton Music.

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  • Dr. Emily Threinen

    Dr. 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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.
     
    Dr. 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. Dr. 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.
     
    Dr. 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.

Guest Scholar and Session Coordinator

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  • Ms. Amy J. Bovin

    Ms. Amy J. Bovin is the Head Director of Bands at Greenwich High School (GHS) in Greenwich, CT. The GHS Band Program is noted as being one of the premiere high school programs in the region. Ms. Bovin is also a current PhD in Music Education Candidate as well as a former conducting instructor at The University of Hartford’s The Hartt School. Previously, she completed the degree of Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting at The University of Connecticut where she was a graduate assistant at the UConn Athletic Bands and a Teaching Assistant with the conducting classes and ensembles.
     
    Beyond her degrees, Ms. Bovin has attended conducting workshops with Mallory Thompson, Euguene Corpron, Glen Adsit, Frank Ticheli, Michael Haithcock, Michael Colgrass, Charles Peltz and Frank Battisi at The Hartt School, Northwestern University, and the New England
     Conservatory. She also had the experience of conducting the United States Coast Guard Band at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, and was a conductor for the Hartford Opera Theater’s New in November Series. Throughout the school year, Ms. Bovin is a frequent clinician at conferences, festivals, and workshops around the nation and at her colleagues’ schools working with their band programs.
     
    Ms. Bovin was chosen as a participant at the 2019 International Conducting Workshop Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, as a recipient of a 2018 CBDNA Mike Moss Conducting Grant, and as one of three conductors internationally to participate in the 2015 Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. At the 2016 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Ms. Bovin received the Citation of Merit award from Women’s Band Directors International for outstanding contribution to bands and band music.
     
    Ms. Bovin is the President for Connecticut Music Educators Association, the Connecticut State representative for Women's Band Directors International, and a member of The National Association of Music Education, the International Society for Music Education, Instrumental Music Teacher Educators, the Society for Research in Music Education, the Society for Music Teacher Education, College Band Directors’ National Association, the National Band Association, and the American Bandmasters’ Association. She was also a National Officer of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority.

Guest Performing Artists

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  • KHAOS Wind Quintet

    KHAOS Wind Quintet is an international woodwind quintet comprised of five women graduate students at the Frost School of Music. The group works closely with various current composers and specialized in performing a diverse repertoire. KHAOS will be performing during the symposium opening and welcome sessions, as well as participating in the lab ensembles.