• All About Us

    USD's Youth Choral Academy

    The Torero Choir

     YCA's High School Honor Choir

    The University of San Diego's Youth Choral Academy is a precollege music education program for high school singers from across San Diego. Join the Torero Choir this fall and earn one credit of college credit.

    Rehearsal Schedule

    Tuesday Afternoons at USD

    The University of San Diego Youth Choral Academy rehearses on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30-6:30pm in Camino Hall on USD's beautiful campus. Our first rehearsal is on January 31st.


    Two performances this spring!

    The Youth Choral Academy collaborates and regularly performs with the University of San Diego Choral Ensembles and other community arts organizations. Stay tuned for upcoming events.

  • Who's Who at YCA

    Our Faculty

    Emilie Amrein

    Artistic 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.

    Keith Sattely

    Keith Sattely is a pianist, conductor, organist, vocalist and choral music educator. After earning his B.M. at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, he taught AP music theory and vocal music grades 7-12 in the New Jersey Public Schools for 11 years before moving to the West Coast to earn his M.M. in Choral Conducting at San Diego State University. He currently serves as Organist and Music Director at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar, is Director of Choral Activities at Del Norte High School in the Poway Unified School district, and is an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego, serving as co-director of the Youth Choral Academy Torero Choir.

  • Our Concerts


    Shiley Theatre at USD

    5598 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110


    Tuesday, 2/28 @ 7:30pm

    Faure's Requiem

    Shiley Theatre at USD

    5598 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110


    Friday, 5/12 @ 7:30pm

  • Rehearsal Calendar

    Rehearsals begin on January 31st

  • Reach out and get in touch!

    We want to hear from you. 

  • Sing with us

    Join the USD Youth Choral Academy in 2017 in our second season. Thanks to a generous gift by our supporters, this program is offered at low cost to San Diego County high school students. Accepted students will earn one unit of college credit through USD for just $40 each term. Scholarships are available for qualified students. Our roster is full for the spring session.