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Robert Istad

Conducting Academy Dean

Robert Istad is Artistic Director of Pacific Chorale and Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Fullerton. Mr. Istad’s regularly conducts and collaborates with Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Musica Angelica Baroque...

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Lucinda Carver

As Music Director and Conductor of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra for 11 years, Carver garnered critical praise for her stylistic interpretations of music from the Classical era. Active in both the symphonic and operatic arenas, she was proclaimed “a find….a first-rate conductor” by...

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David Hayes

David Hayes is a conductor with an unusually broad range of repertory, spanning the symphonic, oratorio/choral and operatic genres. His role as Music Director of NYChoral (New York Choral Society) complements his other roles as Music Director of the Mannes Orchestra and Staff Conductor of the...

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Eugene Rogers

A two-time Michigan Emmy Award winner, a 2017 Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient, and a 2015 GRAMMY® Award nominee, Eugene Rogers is recognized as a leading conductor and pedagogue throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to being the founding director of EXIGENCE, Dr. Rogers is...

Beth Willer

Noted for her “directorial command” and “technical expertise,” conductor Beth Willer is recognized as a bold, 21st-century artist with her finger on the pulse of the vocal ensemble art. Her commitment to expanding and deepening the repertoire for vocal ensembles through creative collaboration...

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 won two Grammys...

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