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, 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.
Piano soloist in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the NPU Concert Band, Joe Lill, conductor
Performed a recital featuring the music of women composers, titled “In the Shadow of Giants” Sumter SC
Applied Piano – it’s rewarding working with students one-on-one helping them to find their voice and Introduction to the Music Profession – This is all about working with our incoming students to discover what it means to be a professional musician.