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Choral Scholars

choral scholars usd

The University of San Diego’s Choral Scholars is a vocal ensemble of 12 musically gifted students of high academic caliber. Founded in 1989, this elite choral ensemble of music majors and minors specializes in the performance of contemporary and early repertoire for the chamber choir.


The Choral Scholars is one of the few collegiate choral ensembles in this country to fund every member with a significant scholarship. Awards are provided for 3 sopranos, 3 altos, 3 tenors, and 3 basses. In addition, an accompanist and assistant conductor are awarded scholarship funding.

In addition to the substantial financial award that is applied towards tuition expenses, students in Choral Scholars are provided with private instruction in voice, advanced choral training, ongoing music theory development and numerous performance opportunities.


Under the direction of Dr. Emilie Amrein, the Choral Scholars rehearse for four hours each week, with additional individual and sectional practice sessions arranged around student schedules. The ensemble maintains a busy performance schedule, appearing in two to three full concert performances each semester in addition to many smaller appearances at official USD functions. In recent years, the Choral Scholars have toured Italy, France, Poland, Hungary, Russia, and the Czech Republic.

In addition to their rehearsal and performance duties, the Choral Scholars serve as soloists and section leaders for a variety of ensembles on campus and in the greater San Diego community. These additional leadership roles provide a robust pre-professional performance experience with some of the community’s most highly regarded performing organizations.

For more information about the University of San Diego Choral Scholars or other singing opportunities, please contact Dr.Emilie Amrein.