Emilie Sweet Amrein, DMA
Conductor, Music Educator, and Activist
Dr. 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. Amrein has recently appeared as invited guest conductor with SACRA/PROFANA (San Diego), the University of Cologne Collegium Musicum, the Ball State University Women's Chorus, California Music Educator's Association South Border Section SATB Honor Choir, and the Bakersfield Real Women Sing Middle School Honor Choir. She maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator and clinician.
Creative Work & Performance
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. Amrein is coauthor of the forthcoming book, Empowering Song, to be published by Routledge in 2021. She 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 work 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.
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
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