SCI Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the Summer Choral Intensive?

Any local high school student entering grade 9 through graduating senior who receives a positive Teacher Recommendation from a music educator. SCI2017 is also accepting middle school students entering grade 6, 7, and 8.

When does SCI2017 take place?

The daily program takes place from Monday, July 10th – Friday July 14th from 9am to 3pm (with check-in beginning at 8:30am)

The Dress Rehearsal and Final Concert will take place on Saturday, July 15th. The concert will begin at 7pm.

Where is the program located?

The daily program will be located on the beautiful campus of University of San Diego (5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110)

The dress rehearsal and final concert will be held at First United Methodist Church.

How much is tuition for the Summer Choral Intensive?

Register before May 1st, 2017 for Early Bird Registration Price: $195

Regular tuition price: $225 (due by June 1st)

Refer up to 5 friends for the program: Save up to $50

Are there scholarship opportunities?

Need-based scholarships are available. Tuition Assistance forms are available upon request. Please e-mail for more information and to apply.


You are invited to register for the SACRA/PROFANA Summer Choral Intensive 2017, created by San Diego’s leading professional chamber choir, SACRA/PROFANA and hosted by the University of San Diego. This program, because of its rigorous musical demands, is only available to exceptional high school and middle school music students. The week-long program focuses on themes of leadership, personal ingenuity, and musical intelligence.

The SACRA/PROFANA Summer Choral Intensive aims to equip students entering grade 9 through high school graduates of 2017 (and we’re now accepting middle school students!) with a high-level choral experience.  Students will rehearse and perform challenging choral repertoire, attend music theory class, hear from guest speakers such as local professors and professional musicians, and benefit from group sectionals with a SACRA/PROFANA member of their specific voice type.  The week culminates in a final performance featuring choral works rehearsed during the program. The SCI Choir, conducted by Juan Carlos Acosta (SACRA/PROFANA’s Associate Artistic Director) and Dr. Emilie Amrein (USD Conductor of Concert Choir and Choral Scholars), will also premiere a new composition specifically written to be presented at the final performance – an opportunity student musicians rarely get to experience.

In recent years, the Summer Choral Intensive program reached over 95 high school students representing 25 different high schools in San Diego County. 

What did prior SCI students have to say about their experience? 

“I have found out that I have more potential than I thought.”

“I have become more exposed to a broader range of choral music.”

“I will be a stronger leader in my choir.”

“It has assured me that this is the right direction for my life.”

Past SCI students have been invited to sing with SACRA/PROFANA for performances with the San Diego Symphony, the California Ballet, in our music videos, and also in the U.S. Premiere of Disney Theatrical’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the La Jolla Playhouse.  Students have also gained contacts in the professional music world, gaining them internships, college advice, and more!

The SACRA/PROFANA Summer Choral Intensive will run daily from Monday, July 10th through Friday, July 14th, with a dress rehearsal and final performance presentation on Saturday, July 15th. (Participation in the dress rehearsal is required in order to participate in the final performance.)  There is no audition to participate in the program; however, only students with positive teacher recommendation forms will be eligible to participate. (Please direct your teacher to  In addition, each registered student will be assigned a Voice Placement session time before the program begins, where individuals will sing for the Choral Intensive Staff in order to be placed in an appropriate section.  (Please note that the Voice Placement session is not considered an audition.) Participation in a Voice Placement session is mandatory, and is a prerequisite to participation in the SCI program. Students will also take a Music Theory Diagnostic Test, used only to place them in the correct class level.

At their Voice Placement session, students will receive music for the program that they will be expected to learn on their own before the program begins.  SACRA/PROFANA Education Staff will supply practice tracks for all parts. All sectionals and rehearsals will be held at the University of San Diego.

The SACRA/PROFANA Summer Choral Intensive is a part of our outreach mission in San Diego County.  We aim to present quality arts education at affordable prices to make this high-level program accessible to any qualified student who wants to be involved.  SACRA/PROFANA is therefore offering the whole program at the low price of $225 per student, or only $45/day.  Register before May 1st, 2017 to take advantage of our Early Registration Special at only $39/day, or a total of $195 per student.  Some need-based scholarships are available.  Please fill out the attached Tuition Assistance form if finances are an issue.

This year, we are also happy to offer a student recommendation rebate. For every new student recommended to the SCI program who attends the 2017 SCI program, a rebate of $10 will apply (maximum of five recommendations). This person must list you as their “recommended by”.

We realize that sometimes plans change. Therefore, our Refund policy is as follows: if a Registration is cancelled in writing and received by SACRA/PROFANA before May 15, 2017, the full Registration fee will be refunded. If a written cancellation if received between May 15, and June 15, 2017, 50% of the Registration fee will be refunded. After June 15, 2017, no refunds will be issued except in the event of an emergency. Any emergency refund requests must be in writing, and will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, in the sole discretion of SACRA/PROFANA.

There are two ways to register today!

1: Register ONLINE by clicking HERE.

2: Please send a completed Registration Packet, along with payment in the form of a check for the tuition amount payable to SACRA/PROFANA, to:


P.O. Box 712049

San Diego, CA 92171

SPACE IS LIMITED.  Deadline for registration is June 1st, 2017 or as soon as the program is filled.  To ensure your participation, please send in registration materials as soon as possible. The confirmation of your registration and reserved program slot is dependent upon all materials and payment being received.

SACRA/PROFANA is excited about this amazing opportunity for high school and middle school musicians.  We are looking forward to meeting you and creating music with you.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Education Coordinator, Natalie Clegg.  See you this summer!

Natalie Clegg

Education Coordinator 

Juan Carlos Acosta,

Associate Artistic Director

Dr. Emilie Amrein

Choral Studies, USD


Limited slots available this year. Don't wait! Register today.