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Choral Scholars

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The University of San Diego Choral Scholars is an auditioned vocal ensemble composed of musically gifted students of high academic caliber. The Scholars are in great demand and maintain a repertoire that includes all periods of music as well as significant multi-cultural/non-western literature. In addition to maintaining an extremely active and demanding domestic performance schedule, The Choral Scholars -combined with the USD Concert Choir- present "Lessons and Carols" a Christmas Choral program with full orchestra that is televised on COX Cable (Channel 4) in December. On the international level, The Choral Scholars are regularly invited to peform throughout Europe -- Russia (2011) France (2009), Poland and the Czech Republic (2008), Italy (2007) etc.

In addition to the substantial financial award (applied toward tuition expenses) provided to students selected for one of the 12 highly coveted Choral Scholar positions, recipients are provided with private instruction in voice, advanced choral training, ongoing music theory development and numerous performance opportunities. Choral Scholars serve as soloists and section leaders in the 70-voiced University of San Diego Concert Choir where they provide support preparing major works performed with full orchestra. The University of San Diego provides access to a wide selection of recitals, tours, and other musical productions. Choral Scholar awards are provided for 3 Sopranos, 3 Altos, 3 Tenors, and 3 Basses. In addition, an accompanist and assistant conductor are awarded scholarship funding.

Do you want to be a USD Choral Scholar? Here’s how:

Applications for the 2014-2015 school year are due February 1, 2014. After a preliminary screening and review of candidate materials, applicants will be notified of their status and, if appropriate, invited to USD for final auditions on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

For more information about the University of San Diego Choral Scholars, please contact Emilie Amrein.

Students applying to be Choral Scholars, and who would like to be Music Majors, should also consider applying for the various Music Department awards listed below. Please note that the application for these awards is separate from that of the Choral Scholars, and both are separate from applying for admission to University of San Diego.

Music Endowment Scholarships

Award amount: $4,000 - 15,000 a year.
Number of Scholarships awarded per year: 2-4

Author E. Hughes Scholarship in Music

Award amount: $3,500
Number of Scholarships per year: 1

USD Music Scholarships

Award amount: $540-4,000
Number of scholarships awarded per year: 1-6

Anne Catherine Swanke Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,000 - $4,000
Number of scholarships awarded per year: 1-2

For more information on eligibility and application process, please go to Music Scholarships.