Luke Benjamin Howard

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Luke Benjamin Howard began his formal music studies in Sydney, Australia, where he received the B.Mus.Ed. degree with an emphasis in piano performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating 'with merit' as 'Student of the Year'. After receiving a master's degree in musicology from Brigham Young University in 1994, he pursued doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, earning a PhD in Musicology with a dissertation on the history and reception of Henryk M. Górecki's Third Symphony.

Additionally, Dr. Howard has served on the faculties of the Department of Music at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he taught music history and applied piano, and the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri Kansas City. He joined the faculty of Brigham Young University in 2002 as an Associate Professor in the School of Music, where he teaches music history and general studies courses. In 2009 the school awarded him an Alcuin Fellowship.

Dr. Howard's research focuses on appropriations of classical music in popular culture. In 2008 the Honors Program at BYU asked Howard to present a class on his research, which has been published in major journals including American Music, The Musical Quarterly, Paris New Music Review, Periphery, and Context. He contributed an essay to the groundbreaking volume Postmodern Music: Postmodern Thought, and has presented his research at national and international conferences in England, Sweden, Finland, Trinidad, Australia, and throughout the United States.

Dr. Howard is a recording reviewer with American Music, and has written book reviews for Notes, Polish Music Journal and Musicology Australia. He is also an active program annotator and pre-concert presenter, working in this capacity with major performers and arts organizations including the Philadelphia Orchestra, 92nd Street Y in New York, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Musica Antiqua Köln, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Borodin String Quartet, Van Cliburn, Pinchas Zuckerman, Richard Goode, Swedish Radio Choir, and Les Talens Lyriques.

Recently Dr. Howard participated with other faculty members from the BYU School of Music at the 50th-anniversary concert for KBYU-FM. He also sings with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Howard is married to Hadley Elizabeth Duncan Howard. They reside in Orem, Utah, with their two daughters, Catherine and Elinor, and two dogs, Frank and Maxine.

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  • Tian, Julia Jin. "In-new-vative Classes." Insight. Brigham Young University. April 2008:22.
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