James H. Laster

Professor Emeritus

Professors Emeriti

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Faculty Member since 1973


Professor Emeritus, Conducting; B.A., Maryville College; M.S.L.S., The Catholic University of America; M.A., Ph.D., George Peabody College for Teachers

Professional Highlights

  • James Laster has held teaching positions in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Iran and Lebanon. At Shenandoah he worked primarily as a choral conductor as well as a musical director for many musical theatre productions.As an organist, he was worked in many churches and was organist/choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Church, Upperville for 25 years.He has composed many choral works some of which have been published by Concordia, Augsburg, Boosey & Hawkes and Treble Clef Press.Since his retirement in 2000, he has worked steadily as an actor in roles such as TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, ON GOLDEN POND, VISITING MR. GREEN and can be seen in film: SYRIANA, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY and DARKEST DAYS.He is the author/compiler of A CATALOGUE OF CHORAL MUSIC ARRANGED IN BIBLICAL ORDER; A CATALOGUE OF MUSIC FOR ORGAN AND INSTRUMENTS as well as SO. . . YOU'RE THE NEW MUSICAL DIRECTOR, all published by Scarecrow Press.

Contains a bio, theatrical photos, and list of compositions.