The compositions of Luke Dahn are heard throughout the United States and abroad, with recent performances given by groups such as the Moscow Conservatory Studio for New Music, the League of Composers/ISCM, Composers, Inc., 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, Harvard University’s Memorial Church, and the Miami ISCM Festival Series. Several of Dahn’s works are featured on Albany–label recordings.
Recently, Pentimenti received its premiere in February 2017 by the University of Iowa Center for New Music. Buffalo Dance was named winner of the 6th Biennial J.D. Robb International Composers’ Competition 2014 and was featured on the Robb Composers’ Symposium in March 2015. Also, Hypallage for violin, clarinet and piano advanced to the Semi–Final round of the Rapido! Composition Contest. Finally, Penumbrae, winner of the 2010 League of Composers/ISCM Competition, highlighted an April 2015 program at West Virginia University during a week–long residency as featured guest composer.
Current and upcoming activities include a newly–written work entitled The Impeded Stream is the One that Sings for the Leviathan Trio who premiered the work in October 2017. Dahn will also join the composition faculty at the 2018 Alba Music Festival Composition Program in Italy, where the resident Soli Ensemble will premiere a new work.
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.
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. He earned graduate degrees in composition from the University of Iowa and Western Michigan University, and his primary teachers have included David Gompper, C. Curtis–Smith and Ann K. Gebuhr.