Location: Arizona, USA
Luke A. Lusted is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting with a minor in Music Theory at the University of Arizona. He holds the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree with a concentration in Vocal Music from Louisiana Tech University. In addition to his studies, Mr. Lusted serves as Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Tucson. He was recently appointed as Artistic Director of Tucson Masterworks Chorale and Assistant Director of Tucson Chamber Artists, Tucson’s premier professional choral organization, and will continue performing as a tenor vocalist in the ensemble as well.
Previously, Mr. Lusted served as Director of Music and Music Instructor at Ascension Lutheran Church and School. A sought after clinician and guest conductor, Mr. Lusted has worked with choral ensembles in primary and secondary educational settings as well as numerous churches in Louisiana and Arizona. As an active composer and arranger, Mr. Lusted has received commissions from churches, schools, and various music organizations across the country. His compositions have been for both vocal and instrumental forces and include hymn arrangements in the jazz and classical styles as well as sacred and secular original works.
While at Louisiana Tech University, Mr. Lusted composed choral octavos for the select Chamber Singers ensemble, founded and co-founded multiple student organizations and ensembles including the Varsity Men’s Quartet and Modern Musicians Guild, an official campus student organization that promoted the review and performance of student compositions and arrangements. Additionally, he was hired by the School of Music as the music theory tutor. During his undergraduate studies, he maintained a private voice, piano, and composition studio at Ruston Parks and Recreation and served as a tenor sectional leader in the choir, handbell ringer, and children’s handbell director at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston, Louisiana.
Mr. Lusted’s performance recognitions include honors recitals such as Louisiana Tech’s Presidential Honors Recital and the Robert Cheatam Honors Recital. He has also received grants and awards for his academic work including scholarships such as the Ivancovich Music Scholarship, fellowships and grants from the University of Arizona Graduate College and School of Music, and the Choral Service Award from Louisiana Tech. As an active singer, Mr. Lusted has performed across the United States and Europe including England, Austria, and the Czech Republic in prestigious venues such Winchester Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Ely Cathedral, as well as the Wiener Musikverein and Rudolfinum's Dvořák Hall. Mr. Lusted’s primary conducting instructors include Bruce Chamberlain and Elizabeth Schauer with additional instruction from Charles Bruffy, James Jordan, and Weston Noble. He has also studied with notable composers and arrangers such as Mark Hayes, Craig Courtney, and Joseph Martin.