• Peregrine Music

    Engaging Community through Creative,
    Youth-Driven Performance Projects

  • About Peregrine Music

    Peregrine Music is an arts and education nonprofit organization committed to engaging communities in meaningful dialogue about the most pressing social issues facing the world with creative, youth-driven performance projects.

    Emilie Amrein

    Founding Director
    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. For more information or to engage Dr. Amrein as a speaker or guest conductor, please visit www.emilieamrein.com.

    David Amrein

    Youth Development Director

    David Amrein has had a lifelong affinity for music, literature, and the arts. He grew up in the San Francisco bay area, playing trumpet in school and making hobby films and television shows with his friends at home. While double majoring in English literature and music at UC Davis, Amrein began to develop more serious interests in creative writing, music composition, and conducting and stayed on at UC Davis to complete a Master’s degree in instrumental and choral conducting. Over the past decade, he has taught a wide variety of subjects—including music, English, and interdisciplinary arts—to students in high school, middle school, and college. 

    Justine Hansen

    Conductor, USD Youth Choral Academy

    Justine Hansen is a conductor and music educator based in San Diego, California where she serves as Director of Adult Music at First United Methodist Church in Chula Vista and as Assistant Artistic Director for the San Diego Women’s Chorus. She has previously held positions at the Bishop's School in La Jolla, California and in the Milwaukee public schools. She holds a BFA in Choral Music Education from University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, and a Master of Music Education degree from Kent State University. Hansen is an active member of ACDA and NAfME, and serves on the board of the California Music Educator’s Association.

  • Creative Youth Development

    Engaged Choral Projects in San Diego, California

    Community Engagement

    Creative Collaborations
    Peregrine Music's flagship community engagement program pairs high school students from across San Diego county with artist-mentors, as well as representatives from business and the nonprofit sector and asks them to tackle issues of global equity and justice using the collaborative performing arts as a mechanism for thoughtful response. We empower these young artists and global thinkers with leadership and communication skills to prepare them to face the challenges of our time head on. 

    Let the River Run

    Exploring the Global Water Crisis
    Peregrine's inaugural Creative Youth Development Project explores the water crisis in California and around the world. During the fall of 2015, Peregrine Music will identify students from San Diego High Schools and link them with professional artist-mentors from the greater San Diego area. Over the course of the semester, these students and artist-mentors will consider a deep body of literature and media on the topic, as well as record personal narratives of individuals in the San Diego region whose lives have been impacted by the water shortage. After thoughtful consideration, the students and artists will be given an opportunity to reflect and respond to what they've learned with text and music. 

    Creative Youth Voices Summit

    Hosted by the University of San Diego
    In April of 2016, Peregrine Music will host a creative youth summit at the University of San Diego, where student and artist teams will be joined by representatives from PCI Global to once again consider the water crisis in California and abroad. The summit will conclude with a curated performance of historic choral repertoire paired with student and faculty generated works created in response to the complex water crisis facing our global community. 
  • Community Partners

    for Creative Youth Development Projects

    College of Arts and Sciences

    San Diego, California
    The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service. The University embraces the Catholic moral and social tradition by its commitment to serve with compassion, to foster peace and to work for justice. It regards peace as inseparable from justice and advances education, scholarship and service to fashion a more humane world.
    In 2011, the University launched the Changemaker HUB, a campus-wide manifestation of USD’s mission and values, with the purpose of empowering and enabling everyone to be a changemaker. A main focus of the HUB is developing diverse venues from festivals to fellowships to competitions for the community to learn about themselves, to be inspired and to experience changemaking in action.

    Project Concern International

    San Diego, California
    PCI’s mission is to prevent disease, improve community health and promote sustainable development worldwide. Motivated by our concern for the world’s most vulnerable children, families and communities, PCI envisions a world where abundant resources are shared, communities are able to provide for the health and well-being of their members, and children and families can achieve lives of hope, good health and self-sufficiency. 
    PCI understands that increasing access to cost-effective and sustainable water and sanitation services is essential to helping children and communities prevent disease. The impact of clean water service and sanitation is profound; not only does it bring about survival and better health, it also has positive economic, environmental, and social impacts. By working together with local communities, PCI is helping to provide access to clean water sufficient for drinking, cooking, bathing, washing, and irrigation. 
  • Peregrine Music is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Peregrine Music must be made payable to "Fractured Atlas" only and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law.


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