Performers and Faculty

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...

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...

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