Jennifer Lester, Founder and Music Director of The Seraphim Singers, is among the outstanding choral conductors of her generation. Under her direction, The Seraphim Singers has developed into a virtuoso chorus with a highly advanced technique and a superb sense of style.
Critically acclaimed for ingenious, intrepid and imaginative programming, Ms. Lester is well known for her unique ability to present an imaginative and eclectic mix of high quality sacred choral music, bringing forth emotional, musically engaging and exhilarating performances of difficult but rewarding repertoire.
Well known for her dynamic and unflagging advocacy of new music, Ms. Lester has promoted the works of both nationally known and local living composers. Among the composers she has commissioned are Thomas Bold, Carson Cooman, Elliott Gyger, Graham Ramsay, Carlyle Sharpe, Julian Wachner, and James Woodman, each of whom has contributed one or more major works to The Seraphim Singers repertoire.
A highly gifted organist-choirmaster, Ms. Lester was the Associate Music Director and Organist of Saint Paul Parish in Cambridge from 1999-2011, where she directed the Parish Adult Choir and accompanied the Boston Boy Choir and the Saint Paul Men’s Schola. She also served as conductor for the Philovox Ensemble, the resident chorus of ECS Publishing, and she has recorded both as organ accompanist and conductor with the Boston Bach Ensemble, The Seraphim Singers, the Philovox Ensemble, and the Boston Boy Choir. She is a past dean of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
A Fulbright scholar, Ms. Lester studied organ with Michael Radulescu at the Academy of Music in Vienna. She was awarded the Bachelor of Music degree with honors in organ performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Yale University.