Composer & Conductor

Luke Carlson


The music of composer and conductor Luke Carlson (b. 1983) has been called “personal and strong” (New York Times), “magical”, and “otherworldly” (Philadelphia Inquirer). His compositions have been performed by individuals and ensembles across the country, including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Daedalus String Quartet, Network for New Music, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival.

He is the recipient of the 2013 Jacob Druckman Prize, an orchestral commission (The Burnished Tide) from the Aspen Music Festival, premiered in Aspen under the direction of Robert Spano. Other recent honors include being selected to participate in the 2015 Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, which culminated in a performance of The Burnished Tide by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Joann Faletta. Carlson is a two-time first prize recipient (2016 and 2014) of the MACRO Composer Competition.

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Latest News

Assistant Professor Appointment

I'm very happy to announce that starting this Fall, I'll be an Assistant Professor of Music at College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO. I will be coordinating the music theory and composition program as well as conducting the orchestra.

Wellesley Composers Conference

Excited be a fellow at the Composers Conference in Wellesley Massachusets this July. A new work for sinfonietta will be performed by conductor James Baker and the fantastic conference musicians.

Next Notes High School Composition Teacher Award

I've been nominated for a teaching award by my student, Josh Hernandez-Camen, one of the six 2016 NextNotes High School Composition Awards winners. The Next Notes High School Composition Awards are presented by the American Composers Forum. I'm honored to be Josh's teacher and am thrilled by his achievements!

Cortona Sessions for New Music

I will spend two weeks in Cortona, Italy this summer working with performers, fellow composers, and composition faculty David Rakowski and Beth Wiemann. Several of my works will be workshopped and performed including two world premieres.

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recent & upcoming events


MACRO Presentation

circuits for guitar
MACRO (Music Analysis Creative Research Organization)
Madison, WI


Cortona Sessions

two world premieres
New Music Festival
Cortona, Italy

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