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Lenard Starks

Director of Jubilee Singers

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Lenard directs the All Souls Jubilee Singers.

Biography

Lenard, a statistician for the U.S. Department of Labor, has led the All Souls Jubilee Singers since 1997, as conductor, arranger, and rehearsal piano accompanist. His musical studies began at age 10 as a clarinet student and have expanded since. While a high school student Lenard played first clarinet in the Northern California Junior Symphony. While majoring in mathematics and minoring in music at California State University Sacramento, he participated as principal clarinetist in the orchestra, symphonic band and in several other ensembles. He was inducted into Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music honorary fraternity. For several years Lenard played clarinet professionally with the Sacramento Municipal Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Norman Hunt. While spending five years in the U.S. Army, Lenard served for two years as bandmaster of a 55-piece army band at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. Since leaving the Army at the rank of captain, Lenard has been continuously involved with choral music and staged musical productions. His major choral activities include: bass singer in the Bowie State University Concert choir directed by Dr. Eugene Thamon Simpson; singer and conductor’s assistant for the Maryland Choral Society directed by Dr. Craig Jessop and Dr. Samuel Gordon; singer and section leader for the Heritage Signature Chorale (DC) directed by Mr. Stanley Thurston. He has served as music director for several musicals/operettas including “Esther” (which he wrote himself) ,“Purlie”, “Once on This Island”, “We Are,” “The Gondoliers,” and “H.M.S. Pinafore.”

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