Emilie Amrein, DMA, is Assistant Professor of Choral Studies at the University of San Diego where she serves as the conductor of the USD Concert Choir and Choral Scholars. Prior to this appointment, she taught for six years at Lake Forest College, just north of Chicago. A champion of new music, Amrein has commissioned and premiered works for choral ensembles by acclaimed composers Emma Lou Diemer, Jocelyn Hagen, Rami Levin, J. David Moore, and John Osterhagen.
Dr. Amrein is active as professional choral conductor and ensemble musician. She is the founding artistic director of the Peregrine Vocal Ensemble, a professional chamber group dedicated to imaginative performance through narrative programming. As a singer, Dr. Amrein has performed with many of the finest choral ensembles around the country, including Bach Collegium San Diego, San Diego Pro Arte Voices, 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).
As an author, Professor Amrein 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 scholarship for several distinguished professional organizations, including the American Choral Director’s Association, the National Youth Leadership Council, and the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Her research interests include community engagement through choral programming, interdisciplinary studies, service learning, and cultural criticism.