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CSUF University Singers on Tour - Northern California

Location: California, USA
Choir type: College and University Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Julie Bussell  (657) 278-2434    jbussell@fullerton.edu
 
California State University, Fullerton University Singers on Tour!
 
California State University, Fullerton is pleased to announce CSUF University Singers’ 2011 Concert Tour of Northern California.  The singers and conductor Robert Istad will present a series of concerts and educational outreach events throughout the Bay Area in January 2011.  The tour program features a variety of works selected from this year’s concert performances, including pieces by Johannes Brahms, Tarik O’Regan, Thomas Weelkes, Giuseppe Verdi, Eric Whitacre, Craig Hella Johnson, Vytautas Miskinis, and Moses Hogan.  Concerts also feature a string quartet from the CSUF University Symphony Orchestra and a number of soloists from the choir. 
 
As part of their tour activities, the University Singers will present the following public performances:
 
Anaheim United Methodist Church, Anaheim, CA – Sunday, January 16, 2011; 4:00 p.m.
 
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Napa, CA - Tuesday, January 18, 2011; 7:00 p.m.
 
Cabrillo College Performing Arts Center, Music Recital Hall, Santa Cruz, CA – Thursday, January 20, 2011; 7:00 p.m.
 
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Dr. Robert M. Istad is Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Fullerton where he conducts the University Singers and Concert Choir in addition to teaching courses in conducting, advanced interpretation and literature. 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, Giancarlo Guerrero, Marin Alsop, George Fenton, John Alexander, William Dehning, David Lockington and Mark Manderano. Dr. 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 is also the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers and Long Beach Bach Festival, is the Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Chorale, and is in demand as an adjudicator and guest clinician throughout the region. 
 
California State University, Fullerton boasts one of the finest music programs on the West Coast, and the CSUF University Singers are a part of CSUF’s rich history of exciting performance education in choral music.  The University Singers perform all over the world, and are regularly featured with many of our nation’s great orchestras and performers.  They have performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and have even toured with famed singer Andrea Bocelli.  In 2007, the University Singers were featured on the recording of Eric Whitacre’s new opera Paradise Lost, and in 2009 sang with some of Broadway’s biggest stars at an event honoring Stephen Schwartz in Hollywood.  The singers have traveled to the far corners of the globe, including Australia, Eastern Europe, Italy, Spain, and Germany.  In May 2008, the University Singers and CSUF Chamber Orchestra traveled to Eastern Europe where they performed at many acclaimed venues, including the famed Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary.  In 2010, the choir gave a number of performances in northern Italy that culminated in a prestigious concert presented by UNESCO in Pisa.  Most recently, the choir performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and performed with Andrea Bocelli in a sold-out concert at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.
 
Graduates from CSUF's choral/vocal program hold some of the world’s most important conducting positions and sing on the greatest stages of the world.  CSUF’s music department fostered the careers of Deborah Voight, Rodney Gilfrey, Jubilant Sykes, Charles Castronovo, and most recently, Renee Lenore Tatum and James Martin Schaefer.  These world-class artists created the foundation of their careers with the help of CSUF's strong curriculum, opera program and the principles they learned while performing with the University Singers. 
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