Luke Blackburn is an American composer and bassoonist based in Boston, Massachusetts. As a composer, Luke focuses on depicting various scenes based on his own observations and experiences from around the world; though often representing his many memories growing up near the ocean in his hometown in Florida. However, Luke is shifting his compositions and research in innovative ways by combining his musical platform with issues of nature conservation. This is happening on a personal level (through his ecomusical research), and on a local and national level (composing works for children and the concert hall) to promote awareness of endangered species and preserving our ocean ecosystems. Throughout Luke’s career, he has been given the opportunity to write for many varying ensembles, such as the University of Florida Wind Symphony, the New Philharmonia Orchestra, the Lydian String Quartet, the Ludovico Ensemble, the Guerilla Opera Company, the Vertex Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, and many other solo and chamber ensembles throughout the country. Luke served as president of the Society of Composers: University of Florida Chapter in 2014-15, was the recipient of the A. Didier Graeffe Composition Scholarship in 2014, in Spring 2015 was awarded Most Outstanding Student at the University of Florida's College of the Arts and, in fall 2018 will be co-director of New Music Brandeis, at Brandeis University. Luke is pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Composition and Theory at Brandeis University, studying with Yu-Hui Chang––as well as Eric Chasalow and Erin Gee––where he also received his M.F.A. in Music Composition and Theory, studying with David Rakowski and Yu-Hui Chang. He holds two B.M. degrees in Music Composition and Bassoon Performance from the University of Florida, where he studied with James Paul Sain and Shannon Lowe.
Honorable Mention - Lyra Society's Costello Competition
Most Outstanding Student - University of Florida College of the Arts
A. Didier Graeffe Composition Scholarship