Ming Luke, our music director since fall 2011, is rapidly establishing himself as an exciting and versatile conductor, at ease in both choral and orchestral worlds. In addition to his position at BCCO, he is the primary Guest Conductor for the San Francisco Ballet, the Music Director for the Merced Symphony, and Associate Director for the Berkeley Symphony, where he is in charge of the symphony’s education program. He holds an MFA in Fine Arts in Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University.
Rehearsing the Bolshoi Orchestra- A few years ago, I was invited to rehearse the Bolshoi Orchestra, an amazing opportunity to experience the rich musical heritage of Russia.
On singing Russian music with BCCO at this time in history- Music Director Ming Luke talks about the challenges and importance of singing Russian choral works in our current season.
On Dvorák and the Stabat Mater- Reflections on learning Dvorak's Stabat Mater, and how it relates to other Dvorak symphonic choral works.
Preparing to conduct Britten’s War Requiem- Performances are just a week away; some reflections on conducting Britten’s masterwork.
Our Soloists for Britten’s War Requiem- About our soloists: Carrie Hennessey, Brian Thorsett, and Efraín Solis.
The Power of Music in our Human Experience- As we’ve talked about, Britten’s War Requiem is difficult music, and not just because of the notes, but also the subject.
Welcome to BCCO’s 50th anniversary season!- The BCCO 50th Anniversary season is about to begin!
Collaborating with the San Francisco Girls Chorus- Why a girl's chorus instead of the traditional boy's choir for Britten's Requiem? Here are some thoughts.
The Voice Jury- A tale from my student days.
The Power of a Musical Ensemble- Realizing the power of a musical ensemble during a tour, while at Westminster Choir College, led me to want to explore being a conductor.
Ming Luke on 50th Anniversary Repertoire- Video recording of Ming talking to chorus at November 30 rehearsal about the 50th anniversary repertoire and how it reflects the history and spirit of BCCO.
Happy Holidays, BCCO!- Some thoughts from Ming to ponder over the holidays, before our first anniversary concerts.
Conducting Symphonic Choral Masterworks: how do you keep track of everything?- One of the chorus members asked me how I keep track of everything when I'm conducting symphonic choral masterworks. Here's the basics!
Ming’s Musings: On New Compositions, Kurt Erickson- Here I discuss my love of working on new compositions, such as the Kurt Erickson piece, “I Think I Shall Praise Him,” commissioned for BCCO’s 50th anniversary.
My philosophy of choral singing- A bit about my philosophy of choral singing, on what it means to sing as a chorus, in community
Finlandia, 50 years ago- Finlandia,by Jean Sibelius, was often performed as an audience sing-along under Arlene Sagan. It also has an unexpected connection to BCCO's anniversary.
Welcoming Ming to BCCO- Song lyrics to the tune of If I Were a Bell to welcome Ming to BCCO
Ming’s Musings: rehearsing Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms- At a rehearsal break, Music Director Ming Luke talks about rehearsing Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.
BCCO Embodies Music for Everyone- BCCO Music Director Ming Luke reflects on BCCO's commitment to music for everyone.
Verdi’s Requiem as singer and conductor- BCCO Music Director Ming Luke reflects on singing and conducting Verdi's Requiem.
My First Rehearsal with BCCO- Music Director Ming Luke remembers his first rehearsal with BCCO.