Berkshire Choral International

Rob Istad

Pacific Chorale, California State University-Fullerton, Long Beach Camerata Singers, Long Beach Bach Festival

Rob Istad is Associate Professor and Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Fullerton, where he conducts the University Singers and Women’s Choir in addition to teaching courses in conducting, advanced interpretation and literature. Under his direction, the CSUF University Singers have performed all over the world, and were featured at the 2012 ACDA Western Division Conference. Istad and the CSUF University Singers have been invited to perform as part of the 2013 ACDA National Conference in Dallas, Texas. He has prepared choruses for Esa–Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carl St.Clair and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, as well as conductors Bramwell Tovey, Eric Whitacre, William Lacey, Giancarlo Guerrero, Marin Alsop, George Fenton, Robert Moody, John Alexander, William Dehning, David Lockington and Mark Manderano. Istad received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, his Master of Music in choral conducting from California State University, Fullerton and his Doctor of Musical Arts in choral music at the University of Southern California. He studied conducting with Dr. William Dehning, John Alexander and Dr. Jon Hurty.

Istad is also the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers and Long Beach Bach Festival and the new artistic director of the Pacific Chorale following John Alexander’s retirement. He is in demand as an adjudicator, guest conductor and guest clinician throughout the nation. This is his second outing as a BCI conductor.

Works conducted at BCI

  • Handel, Israel in Egypt, 2016 Sonoma