Performers and Faculty

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The  Academy choir for the podium sessions and performance will consist of singers from the Pacific Chorale and the University Singers of California State University. The Academy orchestra, string quintet, and pianists for all podium sessions and the performance will be made up of Southern California professional musicians. The orchestra and string quintet will be contracted from Horizon Music Group.

Robert Istad

Robert Istad

Conducting Academy Dean

Robert Istad is beginning his inaugural season as artistic director of Pacific Chorale. Istad’s 2016-2017 season included debuts with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, and return engagements with Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony...

John Alexander

John Alexander

John Alexander is artistic director emeritus of the Pacific Chorale, one of the country’s leading professional symphonic-sized choruses, having served as artistic director for over four decades.

In conjunction with the Chorale’s sister organization, Pacific Symphony, he...

Lucinda Carver

Lucinda Carver

Lucinda Carver is a much beloved teacher and highly acclaimed conductor who currently serves as professor of Keyboard Studies, Conducting and Early Music and vice dean of the Division of Classical Performance and Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton...

David Hayes

David Hayes, who began his musical life as a violinist/violist, currently serves as director of Orchestral and Conducting Studies at Mannes School of Music (New School University) in New York, as staff conductor of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Philadelphia, as well as music...

Duain Wolfe

Duain Wolfe

Duain Wolfe has served as the director and conductor of the Chicago Symphony Chorus since 1994, preparing the chorus for performances with many of the world’s most renowned orchestral conductors. His work resulted in a Grammy for Best Opera with Sir Georg Solti in 1998. He also...