Since 1961, the Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance has been given out. Over the years, the award’s name has undergone a few small alterations.

Who Won Best Choral Performance?

“Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony Of A Thousand'”

Producer: Gustavo Dudamel

Conductor: Grant Gershon, Robert Istad, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz & Luke McEndarfer,

Chorus masters : (Leah Crocetto, Mihoko Fujimura, Ryan McKinny, Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Simon O’Neill, Morris Robinson & Tamara Wilson;

Los Angeles Philharmonic: Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus & Pacific Chorale)


Gustavo Dudamel  along with a team of conductors and choirmasters, earned a Grammy Award on Sunday for their performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, “Symphony Of A Thousand.”

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony on Sunday afternoon revealed Istad’s triumph in the category of Best Choral Performance.

The “Symphony of a Thousand” is regarded as one of classical music’s largest-scale compositions, involving hundreds of instruments and vocals. As a result, it’s only done once in a while.

In Orange County, California, Istad is the conductor and director of Pacific Chorale.

The Pacific Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and National Children’s Chorus are among the performers on the Grammy-winning recording.

Istad was a member of the band and a Rockford Christian Life High School alumnus. He also performed with the Rockford Youth Symphony.

Istad is one of two Rockford residents to receive a Grammy nomination this year.

For their recording of “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical,” Emily Bear and Abigail Barlow won Best Musical Theater Album.