• Emilie Sweet Amrein, DMA

    Conductor, Music Educator, and Activist

    Teaching & Conducting

    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

    Emilie Amrein 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. 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. 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.


    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

    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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