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