Born: March 29, 1856, Hoh­en­ems, Aus­tria (near the Swiss bor­der, be­tween Liecht­en­stein and Lake Con­stance).

Died: Ap­ril 21, 1918, Los An­ge­les, Ca­li­for­nia, while vis­it­ing his daugh­ter.


Son of a can­tor, Stark em­i­grat­ed from Aus­tria with his fa­mi­ly in 1871, set­tling in New York.

He wrote two op­er­et­tas as a young man, and re­turned to Aus­tria to stu­dy mu­sic in Vi­en­na around 1885.

In 1891, he be­came can­tor at Con­gre­ga­tion Beth El­o­him in Brook­lyn, New York.

In the fall of 1893, he ac­cept­ed a can­tor po­si­tion at Con­gre­ga­tion Ema­nu-El, San Fran­cis­co, Ca­li­for­nia, where he served two de­cades.


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