Leo Nestor

Leo Nestor is a well-known conductor, composer, professor and organist. He is the founder, conductor and artistic director of the American Repertory Singers, a professional vocal ensemble in the nation’s capital with eight recordings of critical acclaim.


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Leo Nestor received his undergraduate degree in composition from California State University, Hayward, and his master’s and doctorate, awarded with highest honors, from the University of Southern California. He is the Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., where he is director of choral activities and director of graduate studies in liturgical music. He is also a founder of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians.

Active as a composer, Leo’s works are published by ECS Publishing, MorningStar Music, Selah Music Company and OCP. The collection Ancient Song: Sacred Sound, directed by Leo, the Capella Nova Washington sing works of Bach, Adolphus Hailstork, Maurice Duruflé and Charles W. Ore. Chants include "Veni, Veni Emmanuel," "Veni Redemptor Gentium" and "Victimae Paschali."