Wayne Lu started playing the horn at the age of 10. By age 17, he had won his first concerto competition with the Iowa City Youth Orchestra. Wayne’s orchestral experience includes numerous performances throughout the Midwest with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, Decatur Symphony, Danville Symphony, Cedar Falls-Waterloo Symphony, and Prairie Ensemble. Lu’s past horn teachers include A. Kendall Betts, Kazimierz Machala, Virginia Thompson, John Cerminaro and Paul Anderson. His composition teachers include Herbert Brun and Alex Lubet. Lu also studied conducting with Akira Mori.
From 2000-2005, Lu was the Admissions Coordinator and Horn Instructor at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities School of Music. He has also served as horn and composition faculty at the West Bank School of Music in Minneapolis.
Lu has three solo horn CDs to his credit. The third was released in the fall of 2015. The second one On the River, was released October 2002. As a conductor, he also has the debut recording with the University of Minnesota Horn Choir to his credit released in November 2002.
Since 2006, Lu has worked as Staff/Faculty at the prestigious Kendall Betts Horn Camp in Lyman, New Hampshire where he has taught private lessons, music theory, ear-training, high school fundamentals class, coached horn ensembles and performed in staff/faculty solo and horn ensemble recitals with some of the best horn players in the world.
As a composer, Lu has written for full orchestra, woodwind quintet, brass choir, horn choir, horn sextet, horn quartet, horn trio, horn and saxophone, horn and flute, horn and piano, horn and organ unaccompanied horn, trumpet and piano, trumpet, trombone and piano, unaccompanied saxophone, solo harp, chamber winds, string quartet and piano solo with almost all of his pieces receiving recent performances. His works have been performed at many prestigious conservatories and music schools including Juilliard, Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Peabody Conservatory, George Mason University, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Kentucky, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, West Virginia University, and Northwestern State University to name a few. Lu is published by Veritas Musica Publishing, a company he founded that is based in Eldora, Iowa.
Currently, Lu is the Band Director at Eldora-New Providence School District where he leads the marching band, pep band, jazz bands and concert bands. The South Hardin High School Concert Band has won several awards and distinctions including receiving the Sweepstakes Trophy at the May 2014 Worlds of Fun Festival of Bands national competition in Kansas City, Mo. as the best overall band of the entire competition. The South Hardin High School Band Program is consistently recognized at state and national contests having earned Division I ratings for numerous performances. South Hardin High School Concert Band has hosted several guest artists and clinicians including Jeff Nelsen (Indiana University/Canadian Brass), Kurt Gorman (University of Tennessee – Martin), J. Greg Miller (U.S. Army Field Band), Amy Schendel (University of Iowa) and Todd Schendel (Coe College), Alex Lubet (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities), Jeff Agrell (University of Iowa), Paul Basler (University of Florida), James Naigus (University of Central Missouri), and the University of Iowa Faculty Brass Quintet to name a few.
Outside of music, Lu is also an avid racquetball, basketball and tennis player, and fisherman. Lu is married to Jenny Stadtlander Lu and father to Brock (14), Braxton (10), and Bella (8).
Lu can be located in room 14 of the Odvin Hagen Music Building.