The compositions of Luke Dahn are heard throughout the United States and abroad, with performances given by groups such as the Moscow Conservatory Studio for New Music, the League of Composers Chamber Players, Composers, Inc., Sound Icon, the NODUS Ensemble, the University of Iowa Center for New Music, the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, and by saxophonist Kenneth Tse. Venues have included Carnegie Hall, Rachmaninoff Hall (Moscow), the Estonia Academy of Music (Tallinn), the Taipei University of the Arts, the Frankfurter KuenstlerKlub, and the Miami ISCM Festival Series. Dahn has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2014 J.D. Robb International Composition Competition and the 2010 League of Composers/ISCM Competition. Several of Dahn’s works are available on the Albany label.
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 the most up–to–date research on the chorales and has quickly become a widely–used and linked resource. 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.
In addition to these endeavors, Dahn serves as an advocate of new music in several capacities. He is co–founder and co–artistic director of Ensemble Périphérie, which made its Carnegie Hall debut in October 2013, and serves on the Board of Directors for the League of Composers/ISCM in New York.
After serving for eight years at Northwestern College (IA) as Associate Professor of Music and Music Department Chair, Dahn joined the music faculty at the University of Utah in 2015 where he currently teaches music theory and composition. He earned graduate degrees from the University of Iowa and Western Michigan University, and his primary teachers have included David Gompper, C. Curtis–Smith and Ann K. Gebuhr.
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