The music of Luke Dahn has been performed throughout the United States and abroad, with performances given by groups such as the Moscow Conservatory Studio for New Music, Composers Inc., the NODUS Ensemble, the League of Composers Chamber Players, the University of Iowa Center for New Music, and by saxophonist Kenneth Tse. Venues have included Carnegie Hall, Rachmaninoff Hall (Moscow), the Estonia Academy of Music (Tallinn), the Frankfurter KuenstlerKlub, Taipei University of the Arts, and the Miami ISCM Festival Series. Dahn has also been the recipient of several other recent awards including the 2014 J.D. Robb International Composition Prize, and several of his works are featured on Albany–label recordings. Dahn earned graduate degrees in composition from the University of Iowa and Western Michigan University. After serving eight years at Northwestern College (IA), Dahn joined the music faculty at the University of Utah in 2015. In addition, he is co–founder and co–artistic director of Ensemble Périphérie, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the League of Composers/ISCM.
Dahn’s recent research in music theory has focused on the Bach chorales. His new www.bach–chorales.com website, launched in the summer of 2017, provides numerous resources and articles on the chorales with the most up–to–date research. In November 2017, his paper on a 1762 recently–rediscovered manuscript of Bach chorales was presented at a conference in Lviv, Ukraine entitled "Ex Umbra in Solem" celebrating the work of Bach scholar Christoph Wolff.


Edges for large ensemble (0:00), Confessions of St. Augustine for sop, cl, pf (0:43), Like a Fantastic Ague for large ensemble (1:33), Penumbrae for cl, vn, va, vc, pf (2:49), Buffalo Dance for alto sax, pf (3:38), Downward Courses for pf (4:36), Calder Cadences for fl, cl, vn, vc, pf (5:26), Traces for pf (5:57), Edges (6:44), Threnody for cl, va, pf (7:48), Pentimenti for large ensemble (9:23), Penumbrae (10:22).


Pianist Viktor Valkov is performing my new chess–based piano piece Giuoco Piano on his spring 2019 recital tour (Utah, east coast, & Germany). Audio is now available here.

My work Threnody will be performed at the 2019 SCI National Conference at UNM in Albuquerque in March 2019.

In March 2018, my work "3x3x3" for 9 oboes won a competition commemorating Bach’s 333rd birthday.

Also in March 2018, I presented a paper entitled "Fifth Amendments: Editorial ’Corrections’ in the Early Bach Chorale Collections" at the Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory annual meeting at the University of Arizona.

In February 2017, I was featured as a guest composer at the University of Iowa as the Center for New Music gave the premiere of Pentimenti for large ensemble on a program that also included my Threnody.

In January 2017, I gave a talk entitled "Fifth Amendments: Parallels in the Bach Chorales and the Question of Authenticity" for the University of Utah’s "Fridays with Faculty" series.

In January 2017, the new music ensemble at the Taipei University of the Arts gave a performance of Calder Cadences under the direction of Mei–Fang Lin.

In October 2016, Ensemble Périphérie premiered Threnody for clarinet, viola and piano.

In the fall of 2015, I took a new Visiting Assistant Professor position at the University of Utah, teaching courses in music theory and composition.

Hypallage, written for the 2015 Rapido! Composition Contest, has advanced to the Semi–Final round and will be premiered by the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings on November 15, 2015.

Traces will be performed by pianist Daniel Koppelman at the National Society of Composers, Inc. Conference at the University of Florida in November 2015.

Buffalo Dance for alto saxophone and piano was named winner of the 6th Biennial J.D. Robb International Composers’ Competition 2014. Originally written for world renowned saxophonist Kenneth Tse, Buffalo Dance will be featured on the 2015 J.D. Robb Composers’ Symposium at the University of New Mexico on March 22–25, 2015. Update: A recording of the performance by saxophonist Dustin Hunter and pianist Tzufeng Liu is now available here.

On February 18, 2015, a collaborative mini–concert event called the "Cruci Project" will take place at the Northwestern College Day of Learning in Community. For the project, which I conceived and organized, six composers and several poets were invited to compose short new works and write new poems based on the same set of prints depicting the Crucifixion by artist Eric Robinson. The compositions, all of which were written for flute, alto sax, and cello, include my own Davon kam der Tod so bald.

Penumbrae and Traces was performed on April 17, 2015 at West Virginia University. I have the honor of being guest composer for the week and of being able to work with the student composers at WVU.

Ensemble Périphérie made its October Carnegie Hall debut on October 26, 2013 following successful Spring 2013 concert season which featured works by David Gompper, Louis Karchin, Joseph Dangerfield, and Irina Dubkova. My own Calder Cadences was also featured on this program. The Carnegie concert was part of the DCINY Distinguished Concert Artists Series.

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Bach Chorales Website
www.bach–chorales.com launched in the summer of 2018 and has become a leading resource for the study of the Bach chorales.

New Edition of the Bach Chorales
My edition of the Bach chorales is now available for purchase. Click here for details.

Leviathan Trio performs The Impeded Stream in China
The Leviathan Trio performed my "The Impeded Stream is the One that Sings" on their September 2018 China Tour.

Summer 2018 Alba Music Festival
I had the pleasure of serving on faculty at the 2018 Alba Music Festival Composition Program in May 2018. Festival resident ensemble SOLI Chamber Ensemble premiered my new work "Gray Behind Glass".

Presentation in Ukraine
In November 2017, I will be giving a talk on an important newly–rediscovered early manuscript of Bach chorales (the "Fasch Collection") at a conference in Lviv, Ukraine celebrating the work of eminent Bach scholar Christoph Wolff.