NEWPORT BEACH MAGAZINE
On a High Note
Robert Istad, professor of music and director of choral studies, serves as group leader for the Pacific Chorale ensemble at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts where he finds passion in mentoring future chorale performers.
Istad’s journey to music started out with a piano scholarship as a pre-med student. “ I went to college as a pre-med [student] on a piano scholarship,” he said. “When I showed up, they told me, ‘You’re going to have to sing.’”
His passion and education eventually brought him to Cal State Fullerton, where he met another professor named John Alexander, who opened up the opportunity for Istad to become the artistic director of the Pacific Chorale. Continue reading in Newport Beach Magazine.