ROBERT M. ISTAD conducts the University Singers and the Women's 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, John DuPrez, 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. Dr. Istad is the Artistic Director of Long Beach Camerata Singers, Associate Conductor of Pacific Chorale, and is in demand as an adjudicator and guest clinician.

LORI MARIE RIOS is a highly accomplished conductor, soloist, educator and voice teacher. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Music at College of the Canyons, Valencia where she is the music director of the Chamber Singers and Voices of the Canyons Community Chorus. She also teaches voice and administrates the applied music program. Prior to her appointment at COC, she directed the choral program at La Canada High School. Ensembles under her direction have sung all over the United States. Her choirs have appeared at the American Choral Directors Association Regional Convention in Las Vegas in 2004 and in 2007 were selected to appear at the ACDA National Convention in Miami. The choirs at La Canada also performed at the California Music Educators Conference. Lori Marie also is an adjunct professor at Pasadena City College where she conducts the Concert Choir. She is also on faculty at California State University, Los Angeles Summer Graduate Program where she teaches voice and graduate level conducting. Lori Marie is on the choral-vocal faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program where she serves as Assistant Director.

Ms. Rios has presented workshops for the American Choral Directors Association and this past year presented three workshops for the Nevada Music Educators Association. She is in much demand as a clinician and adjudicator. She has conducted district and state wide honor choirs. She also sits on the Los Angeles Bach Festival Board of Directors. She made her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut in 2006 as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem.

Lori Marie is president of the California ACDA board and also serves on the Regional and National Steering Committees for that association. She holds M.M degree in Conducting and Vocal Performance from University of Nevada, Reno and a B.M. in Choral Studies.

RANDOLPH C. STENSON is on the music faculty at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo, Japan, where he conducts the St. Mary’s Men’s Choir, Varsity Male Ensemble, and International Show Choir. With more than twenty years experience in developing male ensembles, his groups have gained international recognition, winning top honors and awards at competitions and festivals in Japan and abroad. Mr Stenson’s choirs have appeared with such diverse performers and musical organizations as Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, John Ken Nuzzo, John Denver, Perry Como, Yuzo Kayama, Alexander Mikhalov, John Rutter, and the Covent Garden and La Scala Opera Companies. They have performed for Japanese television and radio audiences, members of the Japanese Imperial Family, government ministers, visiting dignitaries including former President Reagan, and have been featured guests the world over. Mr. Stenson is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where he studied and sang under Paul J. Christiansen and Larry L. Flemming. Additionally, he has continued choral studies through master classes with Rodney Eichenberger. Pavane Publishing is proud to have the Randy Stenson Male Chorus Series in its catalog.

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CHRISTOPHER W. PETERSON is Professor of Music at California State University, Fullerton where he directs the CSUF Concert Choir, the Titan Men’s Chorus, and teaches classes in choral music education. In spring 2011 he was named the 2010-2011 Cal State Fullerton ASI Outstanding Educator of the Year. From 2001–2007 he was Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Peterson taught music in the public schools of Maine for nine years, including elementary, middle, and high school music instruction. He is a published author of professional articles, a contributing author for educational textbooks, and an editor, composer, and choral arranger for Hal Leonard Music Publishers. His choral methods textbook The Art of the Choral Music Educator: Pedagogy, Methods, and Materials for Tomorrow’s Outstanding Music Teachers will be available in fall 2016. He has held the position of State Choral Representative and Southern Section President for the California Music Educators Association (CMEA), and is the former Southern Regional Representative for the California Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and the present R&S Chair for Youth and Student Activities. He is also the Western Division representative for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Council for Choral Education. Peterson maintains an active schedule as a choral clinician, guest conductor, and judge for festivals and choral performance events across the United States and internationally. In that capacity he has been invited to thirty US states, five Canadian Provinces, and nine countries including England, Sweden, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, and Holland, and has conducted All-State Choirs in Maine, North Carolina, Oregon, and California. He earned the Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine, the Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Maine. He earned the Doctor of Philosophy in Choral Music Education and Conducting from Florida State University where he studied with Rodney Eichenberger, Andre Thomas, and Clifford Madsen.

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July 12–15, 2016