Heralded as "Stylish... elegant... intriguing..." by Choir and Organ magazine, "delicious and imaginative" by Pulitzer prize winner & US Poet Laureate Rita Dove, Luke Mayernik (b. 1981) is an award-winning composer, organist, pianist, harpsichordist, improviser, and collaborative artist.
Earning his M.M. in Composition from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music with the highest honors (May 2017), Luke studied with David Garner, Rodney Gehrke, and David Conte. Luke has been accorded several first prizes in improvisation and composition respectively, including the 2014 University of Michigan International Improvisation Competition; the 2011-2013 CROPATRIA International Composition Competitions; the 2008 Royal Canadian College of Organists Competition; and the 2004 AGO International Competition in Improvisation. Also in 2004, Luke was awarded the prestigious Associate Certificate by the American Guild of Organists. A passionate teacher and mentor, Luke has presented masterclasses and lecture-recitals in interpretation, improvisation, and composition at [inter]national universities and conventions. With a growing catalog of both sacred, secular, and concert works, Luke's original compositions are published with E.C. Schirmer, Hal Leonard, Walton Music, Graphite Publishing, OCP, H.T. Fitzsimons, and many others. Awarded a full scholarship and a teaching position in composition/music theory, Luke was also a doctoral composition student at The University of Texas at Austin, studying composition with Donald Grantham. He currently serves as the Director of Music for St. Susanna Parish in Mason, OH and his "Mass of the Eighth Day" is available to watch on Youtube or stream on various platforms.