Leo Nestor

† Leo Nestor was a well-known conductor, composer, professor and organist. He was 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 (1948–2019) 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 was the Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., where he served as director of choral activities and director of graduate studies in liturgical music. He was also a founder of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians.

Leo’s works were 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."