Terree Shofner-Emrich

Terree Shofner-Emerich, Music professor
Professor of Music

At North Park since: 1989

Dr. Terree Shofner-Emrich came to North Park because she was given the opportunity, she says. “However, I continue to stay here because it is a thriving, nurturing community. I care for and respect my colleagues, and the students are our number one asset!”

She teaches courses and lessons predominately in piano and collaborative piano, but also works with the School of Music’s Opera Workshop and accompanies and coaches graduate students in Opera, Oratorio, and Art Song courses. She, along with her colleagues, enjoys the small class sizes and community atmosphere of the School. “We are a faculty of accomplished professionals who love to teach. Most of us have active performing lives in Chicago and can bring that experience into the classroom,” she says.

“We are small so that enables us to give personal attention to our students. We care about the entire person, not just the part we educate,” she adds.

Dr. Shofner-Emrich’s own career as a pianist, conductor, teacher, and coach spans a wide swath of the music world. She is a pianist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorus, where she has worked with many of the world’s leading conductors, and is Music of the Baroque’s regular accompanist. She has performed extensively in the Midwest, South, Southeast, England, France, and Italy. She coaches professional singers, directed the Chicago Redhots, an a cappella close-harmony male sextet, and coached pop/rock musician Sting for a day. She made her operatic conducting debut in Chicago in 1998 conducting Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea and the world-premiere of Philip Seward’s Spreading the News.


  • DM, Piano Performance, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MM, Piano Performance, Louisiana State University
  • BM, Performance, Louisiana State University
“Most of us have active performing lives in Chicago and can bring that experience into the classroom.”