• Emilie Amrein, DMA

    Conductor, Music Educator, and Ensemble Musician

    Teaching & Conducting

    Dr. Amrein is Assistant Professor of Choral Studies at the University of San Diego where she serves as the conductor of the USD Choral Scholars and teaches courses on the intersection of music and social justice movements. Amrein has recently appeared as invited guest conductor with the University of Cologne Collegium Musicum, the Ball State University Women's Chorus, California Music Educator's Association South Border Section SATB Honor Choir, the Bakersfield Real Women Sing Middle School Honor Choir, and SACRA/PROFANA Summer Choral Intensive. She maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator and clinician.

    Creative Work & Performance

    Emilie Amrein is the founding artistic director of Peregrine Music, an arts and education nonprofit organization committed to engaging communities in meaningful dialogue about the most pressing social issues facing the world with creative, musician-driven performance projects. As the co-leader of the Justice Choir San Diego, Amrein facilitates justice themed, community singing opportunities throughout San Diego County. As a singer, Dr. Amrein has performed with many of the finest choral ensembles around the country, including Bach Collegium San Diego, Bella Voce (Chicago), the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, the Tiffany Consort (NYC), Holy Trinity Bach Choir (NYC), the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, VocalEssence (Minneapolis), and Conspirare (Austin).


    A passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion within the arts and academia, Emilie is currently researching the application of conflict transformation, restorative justice, and other healing practices within the ensemble setting. As an author, Professor Amrein has contributed to Wisdom, Wit, and Will: Women Choral Conductors on Their Art and to Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir (Vol. 2-3). She has presented her scholarship for several distinguished professional organizations, including Chorus America, the American Choral Director’s Association, the College Music Society, the National Youth Leadership Council, and the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies.


    D.M.A., University of Minnesota, Conducting
    M.M., University of Arizona, Choral Conducting
    B.S., Indiana University, Vocal Performance
    B.S., Indiana University, Italian

    Dr. Amrein studied conducting with Kathy Saltzman Romey, Matthew Mehaffey, Craig Kirchhoff, Jeffrey Stirling, and Bruce Chamberlain, and voice with Faye Robinson, Mary Ann Hart, and Virginia Botkin.

  • Selected Concert Programs

    My Life Flows On in Endless Song (2017)

    USD Choral Scholars & Concert Choir

    Crossings: Migration Music (2017)

    USD Choral Scholars & Concert Choir 

    with Peregrine Music

    Dia de los Muertos (2013)

    Peregrine Vocal Ensemble

    The Alchemy Project (2008)

    The Alchemy Ensemble & UMN Chamber Singers

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