Isabella Custino is a Los Angeles-based choral conductor, educator, and vocalist originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a state certified K-12 music teacher in California and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Southern California where she received a BA in Choral Music and a Minor in Music Production. Currently, Isabella is the Choir Director for St. Mark Parish in Venice, CA and the Harmony Project in Los Angeles. She is also actively working toward her MA in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University through their Summer Hybrid program.
During her time in Los Angeles, Isabella participated as an alto in the USC Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe. While in the ensemble, the Chamber Singers performed with the Rolling Stones, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna with Carl St. Clair, Considering Matthew Shepard with Craig Hella Johnson, and Mozart’s Requiem with Jaime Martín and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She also toured with the ensemble to the Baltics and Poland.
Isabella also had the opportunity to pursue graduate-level choral conducting to supplement her undergraduate degree program and has participated in summer programs such as Chorus America’s Conducting Academy and San José State University’s Summer Choral Workshops. Through these opportunities, she has been lucky enough to participate in conducting masterclasses over her career with master teachers such as Dr. Charlene Archibeque, Dr. Rod Eichenberger, Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, Dr. Lucinda Carver, Duain Wolfe, and John Alexander.
Isabella has a wealth of experience as an educator and liturgical musician. She taught TK-8th grade general music at St. Mark School in Venice, CA, where she was in charge of the school’s music curriculum, musical performances, and music for any school-wide liturgical events. Before she taught full-time, Isabella served for two years as the Music Ministry Intern at the USC Caruso Catholic Center, where she was in charge of liturgical music planning and conducting for the Schola Cantorum. She was also a part of the USC Thornton Community Engagement Program, through which she taught choir to elementary and middle school classes and music appreciation to Pre-K students; all in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
Outside of her profession, Isabella enjoys traveling, cooking, and singing with her a cappella group Premiere. She is also a huge Disney fan and her favorite character is Violet from The Incredibles. Follow @incmusicstudio to see Isabella’s conducting, teaching, and singing adventures in real-time!