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Dr. Eric Stark
May 2019

Beijing & Hong Kong Choir Festival 2019 with Eric Stark

Beijing & Hong Kong Choir Festival 2019 with Eric Stark

Dr. Eric Stark

In a dynamic career that combines performance, scholarship and collaborative leadership, conductor Eric Stark has earned the admiration and respect of colleagues, critics, students and peers as an established choral-orchestral specialist. He has conducted in the Oriental Art Center Concert Hall in Shanghai, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, MD, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, and on performance tours in Greece, Italy, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Uruguay. 

In May 2012, he led over 300 musicians in an acclaimed performance of the massive Grande Messe des Morts (Requiem) by Hector Berlioz with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. His December 2007 Washington DC debut with the Washington Chorus was met with critical acclaim (“Eric Stark had the chorus singing crisply and brightly….its rich, close harmonies shimmering.” Washington Post). In June of 2010, he traveled to Shanghai to conduct Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem in the Shanghai Oriental Art Center Concert Hall. 

Stark has led performances choral-orchestral works including the Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts (Requiem), Britten’s War Requiem and Saint Nicolas, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Mass in B minor, the Weihnachts-Oratorium and numerous cantatas, Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Zipoli’s Te Deum, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass and Requiem, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, the Poulenc Gloria, Fauré’s Requiem, and Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. He has prepared choruses for such notable conductors as Nicholas McGegan, Raymond Leppard, Jahja Ling, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Mario Venzago, Carl St. Clair, Erich Kunzel, Krzysztof Urbanski and Jack Everly. 

Stark’s work as artistic collaborator and community leader has been both broad and unique, including serving as chorus master for the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show in collaboration with Madonna, Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj and LMFAO. 

Stark is also Professor of Music, Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Chair of the School of Music at Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts. He has served on the faculties of Christian Theological Seminary, Indiana- Purdue at Fort Wayne and Earlham College. He received the doctoral degree in choral conducting from Indiana University, where he was a student of Jan Harrington, Robert Porco and Thomas Dunn. A 1988 graduate of Wabash College, he is also a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, a non-profit network of pilots providing free air transportation for those with medical needs.