John Michael Luther
John Michael Luther was
born in Long Beach, California. He holds a Bachelor of Theology Degree from
Life Pacific College in Azusa, California, a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a
Master of Music Degree in Composition from California State University, Long Beach.
He studied composition with Martin Herman, Frank Pooler and Roy Harris. For
many years he was a studio musician in Los Angeles. He was an educator and
choral conductor and festival adjudicator in Southern California for
thirty-five years and a lecturer for the Music Educator’s National Convention.
He is a member of ASCAP and NARAS (the Grammys) and has been included in the International Who’s Who of Music and Billboard Magazine.
John has composed, published and recorded numerous
works for choral groups, chamber and wind ensembles, electronic media, voice,
and symphony orchestra. His music has been performed by members of the Los
Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Philadelphia Orchestra; San Diego Symphony
Orchestra; New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the International Sejong
Soloists of New York City. In 1999 he was commissioned to write a tuba concerto
for Norman Pearson of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra
later commissioned him to write a piece which was performed at a benefit for
the Walt Disney Hall. His compositions have been featured at several
prestigious music festivals across the country including the Ojai and Aspen
Music Festivals. His works have been premiered and performed by Polyphony
Voices of New Mexico and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.