Emily Reese

Emily Reese

Classical MPR host
Minnesota Public Radio
ereese@mpr.org


Emily Reese is on-air host for Classical Minnesota Public Radio. She is also the host and producer for Top Score, Classical MPR's podcast about video game composers, and created MPR's Listening to Learn series. She previously worked for NET Radio in Lincoln, Neb., as a news host. She earned a B.A. in music education and jazz studies from the University of Colorado - Boulder, and a masters degree in music theory from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Emily lives in Twin Cities with her cat, Junebug, and loves gaming, with or without friends.

Emily Reese Feature Archive

mother and children reading stories
On today's Learning to Listen, hear three of the most beloved children's stories from classical music. (09/29/2014)
Steinway & Sons piano
Pianist Alexander Braginsky from the University of Minnesota and Hamline University visits Learning to Listen to discuss the importance of piano etudes. (09/22/2014)
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At the end of each school year, students at the Paris Conservatory are required to perform a "contest piece" for their professors. For decades, the Conservatory commissioned new music to address a lack of appropriate music for instruments including trombone, horn, trumpet and bassoon. (09/15/2014)
Cellist Tina Guo is best known for shredding on her electric cello. But the lonely, meditative sonority of a video game soundtrack shows the depth of her playable emotion. Cellist Tina Guo discusses her intense classical upbringing and modern musical rebellion on Top Score. (09/11/2014)
There are a surprising amount of rules when it comes to writing music. Thankfully, several talented composers throughout history wrote a few books on how to do it right. (09/08/2014)
Nearly 75 years after the film debuted, Disney is bringing 'Fantasia' back in a new game called 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'. Composer Inon Zur wrote original music for the game, and oversaw the re-recordings of many classical favorites. (09/04/2014)
The State fair wraps up today, which for many of you means the unofficial end to summer. That also means Minnesota students who didn't start school last week will make their way back to the classroom tomorrow. But for those who are band geeks (as Emily Reese was), they can't wait for band practice to begin. (09/01/2014)
This weekend, Emily Reese of Top Score hosts two panels at the PAX Prime video game convention in Seattle. (08/28/2014)
Hear Darren Korb (and his new son, Milo) discuss Darren's new soundtrack to the game 'Transistor' on Classical MPR's Top Score. (08/27/2014)
Aside from a handful of unpreventable interruptions, like the Civil War and a polio outbreak, Minnesotans have traveled to the State Fair since 1859. On today's Learning to Listen, hear music inspired by the Great Minnesota Get-Together. (08/25/2014)
In 1991, a group of five programmers gathered around a computer. They wanted to create a new kind of game that would tell a new kind of story, pushing technology to its limits. This week, hear the story of Myst on Top Score. (08/25/2014)
Imagine yourself in a stadium filled with 70,000 fans. That's how many video game fans travel to Seattle during Labor Day weekend for the PAX Prime video game convention. I'll be there hosting a panel called Maestros of Video Games. (08/21/2014)
On this week's Learning to Listen, discover what a cantata is, and hear a new cantata by American composer Robert Kyr. (08/18/2014)
Composer Cris Velasco recently finished music for 'Company of Heroes 3: Western Front Armies'. It marks the third time he's scored a World War II-themed game. This project focuses on the Western Front and the Battle of the Bulge. It's on this week's Top Score. (08/14/2014)
The music is refined yet accessible. The melody is clear, typically played by the violin. The music is constructed with clean, coherent phrases - components of clarity, like sentences in a paragraph. (08/11/2014)