Robert Isaacs is the director of choral activities at Cornell University, a position generously supported by Priscilla E. Browning. Previously, he ran choral programs at Princeton University and the Manhattan School of Music, and served as interim director of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. He has chorus-mastered for BBC Proms concerts and worked as a guest conductor with ensembles on both sides of the Atlantic, including Laudibus, Cerddorion, Amuse, TENET, and the Vox Vocal Ensemble. He made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall with the Argento New Music Project, and has also conducted at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Snape Proms, the Guggenheim Museum, and other venues ranging from Stockholm to the Cook Islands. As a singer, he has appeared as a guest soloist with Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue, Trinity Wall Street, Musica Sacra, Polyphony Voices of New Mexico, and many more. He regularly tours and records with Pomerium, the Vox Vocal Ensemble, and the Clarion Music Society, accompanied the Mark Morris Dance Group on tour in Russia, and performed twice in Jonathan Miller’s staged St. Matthew Passion at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006.
Mr. Isaacs graduated with high honors from Harvard University, where he designed his own course of study in choral music. After a stint as a juggler and unicyclist on the streets of San Francisco, he spent a year as a Trustman Fellow, researching choral rehearsal psychology throughout England and Scandinavia.