Faculty & Staff
Adam Luebke, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral ActivitiesPhone: 641-585-8492Fax: 641-585-8194
Ph. D. – Florida State University
M. M. – Westminster Choir College
B. M. – St. Olaf College
I know the power of choral music to transform the lives of choristers and audiences alike because wonderful choral experiences have shaped my life both as a musician and as a human being. Choral singing literally opened the world to me. As a young boy I sang with the world-renowned American Boychoir in the Czech Republic, Poland and throughout North America. As a young man I toured North America and Europe with the St. Olaf Choir, singing at great cathedrals and concert halls, as well as churches of all kinds. In these travels I experienced how deeply music touches the emotions and passions of people everywhere. With these groups, and with the famous Westminster Choir, I had the privilege of collaborating with groups such as Chanticleer, the New York Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Boston Symphony and with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Kathleen Battle, and Frederica von Stade. Singing for maestros such as Charles Dutoit, Robert Shaw, Kurt Masur, Andre Previn, and Lorin Maazel taught me the discipline and vulnerability needed for creating the highest level of artistic expression.
In these great choirs I developed a particular passion for Renaissance music that led me to perform in the early music ensembles Fuma Sacra and the Choral Scholars and to find my own early music ensemble, Voces Luminae. These musical experiences piqued my curiosity about how to perform this music “authentically”, based on performance practices and historical context, and also to appeal to the sensibilities of modern listeners. I investigated these questions in my dissertation, which examines performance practice trends in music by the Renaissance composer Tomas Luis de Victoria, and in several published journal articles and presentations.
Without question, the most powerful influences in my musical life have been my teachers and mentors: James Litton at the American Boychoir, Anton Armstrong at St. Olaf College, Joseph Flummerfelt at Westminster Choir College, and André Thomas at Florida State University. They showed me how music can shape who I am and who I can become. It is my goal as a conductor and music educator to share this transformative power of music with my students. Through music, I challenge my choristers and students to excel as independent musicians, critical thinkers, and successful communicators so that they can gain a greater understanding of themselves and connect with those around them.
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