Isabella is a senior at the University of Southern California studying to receive a BA in Choral Music and a Minor in Music Production. She is in her third year as an alto in the USC Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe. Since 2016, the Chamber Singers have performed with the Rolling Stones, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Carl St. Clair, and Considering Matthew Shepard with Craig Hella Johnson. Isabella toured with them to the Baltics and Poland in May 2018. She has previously sung in the USC Concert Choir under Dr. Cristian Grases (2015-2016) and the USC Oriana Women’s Choir (2016-2017). During her time in Concert Choir, she toured with them to Northern California and Oregon to perform at the 2016 NCCO Conference. Isabella has had the opportunity to pursue choral conducting during her degree program, and has been lucky to participate in conducting master classes with choral phenomenons Dr. Charlene Archibeque, Dr. Rod Eichenberger and Dr. Z. Randall Stroope. She was also given the opportunity to rehearse and conduct the USC Concert Choir for her capstone project in April 2018.
Isabella is currently serving her second term as the Music Ministry Intern at the USC Caruso Catholic Center, where she has been in charge of liturgical music planning and conducting the Schola. She has served as both the Choral Lab Coordinator (2016-2018) and the Secretary (2016) on the USC ACDA Student Chapter Executive Board, and is now the Vice President for the 2018-2019 school year. She has been a part of the USC Thornton Community Engagement Program for two years, where she has taught choir to elementary and middle school students and music appreciation to Pre-K classes.
A San Francisco Bay Area native, her passion for choral music developed while singing in the Peninsula Girls Chorus and many other choirs throughout middle and high school. To expand her choral education, Isabella participated in eleven ACDA Honor Choirs at the regional, state, and national levels over her high school career. For three summers, she participated in the National Catholic Youth Choir, based in Collegeville, MN, where she sang and cantored in churches around Minnesota and in neighboring states. She has toured with these various ensembles to Italy, New Orleans, and the Midwest and East Coastal regions. She has received the “STAR Award for Excellence in Choir” from the Peninsula Girls Chorus, the “Recognition Award for Excellence in Advanced Chorus” from the Menlo Park Rotary Club, and the “Sean McLarry Award for the Fine Arts” from Sacred Heart Preparatory.
Outside of her classical music career, Isabella enjoys traveling, cooking, and arranging a cappella music. She sang in the Girls A Capella Group at Sacred Heart Preparatory for four years and served as the arranger-in-residence for two years. In 2013, Isabella received a full scholarship from Randi Stanley of NYC A Cappella to “Camp A Cappella”, a summer program focusing on the creation and performance of contemporary a cappella. During this program, she worked with master teachers such as Deke Sharon, Brody McDonald, and more.