Artistic Director

Artistic Director Robert Istad

Robert Istad is the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers and Long Beach Bach Festival. Under his leadership, the Long Beach Camerata Singers have performed with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Long Beach Opera.

Istad’s innovative programming and dedication to musical excellence has propelled the Long Beach Camerata Singers reputation “as arriving in the forefront of Long Beach performing ensembles” (Jim Ruggirello, Long Beach Grunion Gazette-1/2/13).

Istad is also 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. He and his singers were featured at the 2013 ACDA National Conference in Dallas, Texas and the 2012 ACDA Western Division Conference in Reno, Nevada.

Istad’s University Singers were invited to perform for the 2013 National Collegiate Choral Organization National Conference in Charleston, SC. Istad and the CSUF University Singers have performed all over the world, including engagements at the 2012 Ottobeuren Festival of Music in Germany, the 2012 Eingen Festival of music in Germany, a performance for UNESCO in Pisa, Italy, and in the world-famous Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary.

Istad has prepared professional choruses for Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carl St.Clair and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Esa–Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He done the same for conductors Vasilly Sinaisky, Sir Andrew Davis, Bramwell Tovey, Thomas Wilkins, John Williams, Richard Kaufman, Eric Whitacre, William Lacey, Giancarlo Guerrero, Marin Alsop, George Fenton, Case Scaglione, Robert Moody, John Alexander, William Dehning, and David Lockington.

Istad received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from California State University, Fullerton and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral music at the University of Southern California. He studied conducting with Dr. William Dehning, John Alexander and Dr. Jon Hurty. Istad also serves as Assistant Conductor and Artistic Director designate of Pacific Chorale, and is in demand as an adjudicator, guest conductor and guest clinician throughout the nation.