Isabella has always been a musician since childhood, and is now carrying that passion into new ventures and areas of exploration. It is her goal to share her love and knowledge of choral music with her community to create a foundation for meaningful shared experiences.
Isabella Custino is a choral conductor, educator, and vocalist originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a California state certified K-12 music teacher 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 working toward her MA in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University through their Summer Hybrid program.
Isabella has a wealth of experience as an educator and liturgical musician. It is important to her that music be accessible to youth and that music programs receive the funding and respect that they deserve in our school systems. She taught TK-8th grade general music at St. Mark School in Venice, CA and is the former Adult Choir Director for the adjoined St. Mark Parish. Before she taught full-time, Isabella also served for two years as the Music Ministry Intern at the USC Caruso Catholic Center was a part of the USC Thornton Community Engagement Program. This program focused on providing music extracurriculars to elementary and middle school classes and music appreciation to Pre-K students; all in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
Along with teaching, Isabella has a strong passion for the choral arts and performing in choral ensembles. During her time in Southern California, Isabella was a member of the prestigious USC Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe. She was also the Conducting Intern for the Orange County Women’s Chorus under the direction of Eliza Rubenstein. With these ensembles, she has performed at various venues such as Desert Trip with the Rolling Stones, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and more.
Outside of her profession, Isabella enjoys traveling, cooking, and songwriting. She is currently traveling and exploring the West Coast in search of a new adventure and home base for her professional and creative endeavors.