Choral and Sacred Music


Established by Charles C. Hirt in 1946, the Choral Music department has long been an innovator and leader in the development of graduate degree programs specifically designed for the choral conductor and the church musician. Graduates conduct choral groups of national prominence and hold positions as conductors and teachers throughout the world. The current faculty consists of talented specialists who lead regional choral and church ensembles, and also serve as clinicians and guest conductors around the world.

Departmental ensembles have achieved local, national and international recognition through performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and appearances at Divisional and National Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. Recognitions have included two Grand Prizes in international choral competitions in Bulgaria, Spain and France.

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Robert Istad named artistic director of Pacific Chorale

February 18, 2015

CSUFChamber Choir and University Singers11/4/06Meng Hall

Choral and Sacred Music graduate, Robert Istad (DMA ’06) will become artistic director of the Pacific Chorale. Istad has served 10 years as assistant conductor under the current artistic director, John Alexander, who will retire in 2017. Istad currently holds the position as artistic director of the Long Beach Camerata… read more

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