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Luke Carlson

Title: Assistant Professor of Music

Teaching Focus: Theory & Composition, Orchestra

Education: B.M., University of Oregon, 2007 M.M., Rice University, 2010 Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2014


The music of composer and conductor Luke Carlson has been called “magical” and “otherworldly” (Philadelphia Inquirer); “personal and strong” (New York Times). He is the recipient of numerous honors including the Aspen Music Festival's Jacob Druckman Prize, a Copland House Fellowship, the grand prize in Symphony Number One’s Composer Competition, the Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, and two first prizes in the MACRO Composers Competition.

His music has been performed internationally by artists including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Daedalus String Quartet, Aether Eos, Network for New Music, Cortona Sessions for New Music, soundSCAPE, and the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra.

He holds a BM, magna cum laude, from the University of Oregon, a MM from Rice University, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He directs the music theory & composition program at C of O and lives in Hollister, MO, with his wife Elizabeth and daughter Lucy.

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