• Emilie Sweet Amrein, DMA

    Choral Music Educator, Community. Music Practitioner, Scholar, and Activist

    Short Biography

    Emilie Amrein is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at the University of San Diego where she conducts the USD Concert Choir and Choral Leadership Collaboratory, and teaches courses on the intersection of music and social justice movements, community music, and changemaking.


    Emilie is the co-artistic director of Common Ground Voices / La Frontera, a bi-national community music project that aims to build relationships and understanding across political, demographic, and perceptual borders as an exercise of non-violence. She also co-hosts and produces The Choral Commons podcast, a virtual community where choral and community music practitioners can gather in order to envision equity-centered choral futures.


    Emilie is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion within the arts and academia. She is coauthor of the forthcoming book, Empowering Song, to be published by Routledge in 2021. She 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 work for several distinguished professional organizations, including Chorus America, the American Choral Director’s Association, the College Music Society, and the National Youth Leadership Council.

  • Selected Concert Programs

    Portraits: Anne Frank & Dietrich Bonhoeffer (2020)

    The USD Choral Leadership Collaboratory & Sacra/Profana

    Gender X (2019)


    Sueños, Visiones: Another Possible World (2019)

    Common Ground Voices / La Frontera

    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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