Growing up in West Virginia and spending most of his career in New York City and Washington DC-Luke knows the breadth of audiences that can have their lives changed by music of all kinds. Luke, a classically trained pianist and conductor, spends every day focusing not only on musical excellence but also about using that music as a tool to connect people from all walks of life.
Gone are the days of programming and conducting in a vacuum, the arts today are about the communities we serve and the patrons both new and old.
This philosophy has led Luke to be a pioneer in how, where and what orchestras perform. This commitment to innovation led Luke to start The American Pops Orchestra in 2015 to serve as an artistic model of what he believes. It’s not uncommon to hear pop singers, classical musicians and television stars all in the same program. Each concert with APO and other orchestras around the country are an opportunity to highlight music, particularly American Popular Music, the music we’ve created together that can be used as a rallying point in our different lives.
Luke crafts each concert with a dramatic arc featuring new and classic arrangements to keep the audience and the artists engaged at every measure.
Every concert provides a unique opportunity to bring different communities together through both classical and popular music. The ability of music and the arts to inspire and unify is something at the forefront of Luke’s mind with every project he leads.
Luke is lucky to call many of the worlds most acclaimed artists friends and collaborators. These friendships with artists like Renée Fleming, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Patti Labelle, Kelli O’Hara, Juanes, Wynton Marsalis, Rita Moreno, Morgan James, Joshua Bell and so many more have led to concerts all over the country both in iconic venues and to millions of viewers on television.
Passionately committed to the next generation of musicians, Luke spends a significant amount time and resources with all levels of aspiring musicians. Each year APO hosts a free national collegiate vocal competition, hosts instrumental and vocal masterclasses for collegiate musicians, creates original children’s programming of the highest caliber and spends two weeks visiting schools free of charge in some of the poorest regions of our country. Luke believes in the power of music to open new doors for children, in fact it was an elementary school gymnasium performance that inspired his own career.
Luke is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Nouveau Productions. Nouveau is a full-service production and events company, specializing in the producing of live events, domestic and international conferences, procurement of entertainment, artistic direction and event management services for some of the most significant institutions and individuals around the world.
Luke is the Founder and Music Director of The American Pops Orchestra (APO). APO strives to build community through the preservation, promotion and reimagination of American popular music. Through live and virtual performances, educational initiatives and collaborations APO makes the highest quality art accessible to the broadest audiences.