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Application Process

Applications for the 2014-2015 school year are due January 31, 2015. After a preliminary screening and review of candidate materials, applicants will be notified by of their status, and if selected invited to USD for final auditions on (date to be determined - please call Dr. Amrein at (619) 260-4111.)

To apply to the USD Choral Scholars, please submit: 1) an application form, 2) a teacher recommendation form, 3) an application letter, and 4) a cassette tape recording or CD showcasing at least two contrasting solo performances. Your application letter should summarize your musical background and clearly state your desire to pursue a major or minor in music. In particular, include why you are interested in the Choral Scholars and identify the positive attributes you would bring to the group.

After a preliminary screening, candidates will be invited to audition and/or rehearse with the Choral Scholars. Auditions normally take place each spring in March. Note: you must have an application on file to the University of San Diego for admission. You will not be considered for audition without first having applied to the university.

Please read this summary of the application process.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What type of songs should I include on my audition tape or CD?

As a general rule of thumb, choose two songs that show off your vocal ability and artistic interpretation. One way to do this would be to sing one song from the classical voice repertoire (e.g., an Italian art song or aria) and one musical theatre song.

2. Who is eligible to join the Choral Scholars?

In addition to the musical requirements and audition, the applicant must be a prospective or current USD undergraduate and US resident. Graduate and foreign exchange students are not eligible.

3. Do the Choral Scholars take special classes?

Yes. The central educational goal of the program is to provide students with a foundation of healthy vocal technique and strong musical skills. Accordingly, the Scholars enroll each semester for the Choral Scholars course, the University Concert Choir and private voice lessons (or piano lessons for accompanists). Additionally, to establish fundamental musicianship skills and musical growth, each Scholar must complete a music minor.

4. What should I expect at an audition?

Be prepared to sing two contrasting songs from memory, to sight read, and to sing intervals played at the piano. Your song selections do not have to be the same as those submitted on the application recording; if you have prepared additional songs in your repertoire, by all means show us your versatility! At least one of your song selections should be from the classical voice repertoire.

5. What if I have some other questions?

Please contact Dr. Emilie Amrein., the Director of Choral Activities at the University of San Diego. He may be reached by phone at (619) 260-4111, by email (, or by writing to: Dr. Emilie Amrein., Choral Scholars, Camino 144A, 5998 Alcalà Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492.