Magazine article The American Organist

OBITUARIES: Leo Cornelius Nestor

Magazine article The American Organist

OBITUARIES: Leo Cornelius Nestor

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Leo Cornelius Nestor, 70 years old, peacefully, of cancer, Sept. 22,2019, in a Washington, D.C., hospital. Born Dec. 14, 1948, in Pittsburgh, he earned the BA degree in composition at California State University, East Bay, the MMus degree in choral music at the University of Southern California, and the DMA degree in choral music at USC. He was professor emeritus of choral and sacred music at the Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art at the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., from 2001 until he retired in 2016. He had served as the Justine Bayard Ward Music Professor, director of choral studies, and director of the Institute of Sacred Music.

Nestor was music director at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 1984-2001, where he composed music for four papal visits to the U.S., byjohn Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis. He was a founding member of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians and was on the drafting committee for the U.S. Bishops' 2007 document Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship. …

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