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News and Reviews

Fantastic Review of Nostos!

January 01, 2020

Thank you Remy Franck and Pizzicato Magazine for this amazing review!

Recording Released on Yarlung Records!

January 01, 2020

The new album Nostos on Yarlung Records celebrates Dr. Robert Istad conducting the Cal State Fullerton University Singers in repertoire fresh from the ensemble’s concert tour in Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltics during the summer of 2017. Even though Rob and the University Singers have performed around the world and collaborate regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pacific Symphony, this is the choir’s debut album. 

Rob is Featured in the Orange County Register

June 09, 2016

The Register published a very nice story about Rob's Outstanding Professor Award.

Rob is recognized as CSUF's Outstanding Professor of the Year

May 12, 2016

Rob was nominated by colleagues and selected by CSUF's Academic Senate and Administration to be awarded the university-wide "Outstanding Professor of the Year."

Rob featured on Living with a Genius Podcast

March 31, 2016

My buddy Omar Crook has an amazing new podcast, and he invited me to be a guest.  Don't expect serious talk about music . . . just a lot of great stories between two friends.

Rob is featured on Choir Chat!

February 02, 2016

Conductor John Hughes, interviews Rob about past teachers and his approach to programming and working with composers.

Long Beach Arts Year End Wrap-Up

January 15, 2016

Jim Ruggirello gives his year-end comments on the current artistic season in Long Beach.

Istad named a CSUF "Mover and Shaker"

January 15, 2016

Year-end CSUF wrap-up features Rob!

LB Grunion Gazette Review of 2015 Messiah


Review of Istad & O'Regan at Carnegie Hall, November 2015

Review of Istad's performance of Tarik O'Regan's "Triptych" and "The Ecstasies Above" with CSUF and DCINY.

Istad and CSUF University Singers in Carnegie Hall

Rob Istad, Kimo Furumoto, the University Singers and Symphony Orchestra for DCINY at Carnegie hall with Tarik O'Regan

Rob and Camerata Open the 50th Season

Jim Ruggirello's review of Camerata's 50th Anniverary Performance

Istad named Pacific Chorale's new artistic director

Rob is named Pacific Chorale's new artistic director, and is slated to begin during the 2017-2018 season.

Cal State Fullerton performs in Paris!


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