Lark is the founder of the Larkdales and sings baritone and tenor. She has sung with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and the Pacific Mozart Ensemble (now Pacific Edge Voices). With PME, she was a soloist on the Kent Nagano/Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin Grammy-nominated recording of Bernstein’s Mass, and performed with Dave Brubeck, Sufjan Stevens, Sweet Honey on the Rock, and Bobby McFerrin. She is a member of the trio Butter Babes, and is also currently the bass with Solstice, an award-winning women’s sextet.
Dale has sung in classical ensembles for most of his life – early music, contemporary music, a bit of opera – but always has been a lover of diverse genres of American music, with a special kinship for gospel. His other group, Pacific Edge Voices, has a wildly eclectic repertoire and every year does a concert of a cappella jazz and pop – which often includes country, bluegrass and other Americana.
Mark Shepherd sings tenor and writes some arrangements for the Larkdales. Mark has been singing acappella for 3 decades. Before the Larkdales, Mark co-founded and sang with One Night Stand, an acappella jazz quintet that performed around the bay area, including a 1st place finish at the annual Acappella competition at Silo’s Jazz club in Napa. Mark is also a founding member of the pop/jazz group Just Voices, in Marin county, and has performed with that group for several seasons. Mark has studied vocal technique with Jan Pedersen-Schiff, Kristen Womack, the Ali Akbar School of Indian music, and the Freight & Salvage. His latest project is teaching guitar and playing bluegrass music at Rootpile, one of the few Bluegrass camps at Burning Man.