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Department of


Edwin Basilio

Director, Choral Activities

Edwin L. Basilio, Ed.D., serves as the chief administrator and artistic director of the elite Choral Scholars and the USD Concert Choir.


Ed.D., Univeristy of San Diego
M.A., San Jose State University, Choral Conducting
B.A., San Jose State University, Classical Piano

Permanent (life) K-12 teaching credential, State of California
Certification, College-Board, Advanced Placement Music Theory
Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Credentials for non-English speaking students
Permanent (life) Community College Credential

Scholarly and Creative Work

As a result of repeated requests to perform internationally (France, Germany, Austria ’09, Italy Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary ’08, Ireland, Scotland, Spain ’07 etc.) Basilio performs extensively throughout Europe with the USD Choral Scholars and the Red Robe Choir of Grossmont High School.

Choirs under the direction of Basilio traditionally perform major works with orchestra and have produced more than 10 digital recordings (CD’s).  Most recently, in collaboration with the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, COX Cable broadcast “Lessons and Carols” (an extensive program featuring – among other elements – choirs prepared and directed by Basilio) on local cable television.

Teaching Interests

Basilio has directed choirs on a professional level for more than 30 years – teaching music from grade levels ranging from pre-school children to post-graduate adult students.  Though his primary focus has been choral music, he also teaches piano, music theory, and has served on the faculties of Chapman University and San Diego State University where he teaches Advanced Conducting and Choral Literature.  His selection of literature consistently includes eclectic WORLD music of non-Western origins.