F E A T U R E D R E V I E W S
"There is absolutely nothing more a composer could possibly want than Rob Istad at the helm; he possesses that rare combination of technical precision coupled with a nuanced voice: the perfect blend of
leader and listener."
"Rob is phenomenal, a wonderful person to step into the position (Pacific Chorale's artistic directorship).”
"And that makes the result even more extraordinary. What we hear is expressive singing even with reduced tone. The balance between melody and declamation of single words, the emphasis on polyphonic density and the simultaneous transparency of the polyphonic mesh are amazing. And also in the meditative, contemplative, the luminosity, the clarity and the delicate agility of the voices of the music lend an extraordinary liveliness and intensity."
- Remy Franck, Pizzicato Magazine
"The Camerata . . . have reached new heights of excellence under artistic director Robert Istad.
. . .the sound of the chorus was beautiful, the execution razor-sharp, and Istad’s musicality and sensitivity to Baroque style an unalloyed delight."
-Long Beach Grunion Gazette