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Robert Isaacs

Robert Isaacs is the Priscilla Browning Director of Choral Programs in Cornell's Department of Music. His responsibilities include overseeing all four choirs at Cornell and conducting the Cornell Glee Club and Cornell University Chorus.

Robert graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1992 and earned an MFA in creative writing in 2002 from Columbia University. He has written for The New York Times and other newspapers.

Before coming to Cornell, Robert was a guest musical director for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. He has also served as acting director of choral activities at Princeton University (2009-10), director of choral activities at the Manhattan School of Music (2000-08), and guest conductor with many ensembles in New York and the United Kingdom.

A Grammy-nominated performer, Robert has taught voice for more than twenty years, privately and at the City University of New York and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Before that he was a street performer, supporting himself as a juggler and unicyclist in San Francisco.