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Movie poster image. Melissa Leo and Margaret Qualley star in "Novitiate," set to open in Los Angeles and New York Friday, Oct. 27.
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Contemporary classical music fans all over the country have enjoyed original compositions by St. Louis' own Chris Stark. But he may have found his biggest audience, ever, in a new group: moviegoers.

Stark, a composer and a professor of composition at Washington University, recently finished scoring his first film, a Sony Pictures release, “Novitiate.” It’s the story of a woman who joins a convent.  Margaret Qualley plays the aspiring nun and Melissa Leo, the mother superior, in the film directed by Maggie Betts.

In our latest Cut & Paste podcast episode, Willis Ryder Arnold and Nancy Fowler talk with Stark about his work for a major motion picture.

Pipe organs swell the sounds of many churches

Aug 21, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 21, 2008 - Long before rock concerts became social events where friends could enjoy music, religious observance served as the center for melodious enjoyment.

In the Middle Ages, church choirs needed an instrument to keep them on pitch. Out sprung the organ.