Luke Flynn (born 1988, Dubuque, IA) studies composition with Dr. Amy Dunker at Clarke University, where he is the recipient of the Pauline Mathis Pfohl Leadership Award, the Harry and Goldye Kopple Fine Arts Award, and the Ruth Bethke Fine Arts Award. Flynn has had the privilege of being the first ever American student to study music composition at the University of Kagoshima in Japan, where he studied with Dr. Tadashi Kubo.
Flynn's compositions have been performed in multiple states and countries including commissions in Japan and South Korea and featured at national and regional Society of Composers, Inc., conferences.
A great interest in theater and film scoring has motivated Flynn to compose scores for a variety of films and plays. His score for Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice was granted the 2011 American College Theater Festival merit for best original score, and he composed the score for the premiere of the Elisha Darlin Arts Award-winning production of Naomi is an Ocean in Nigeria.
Flynn is a finalist for the 2013 American Prize in Composition. His choral score, Beneath the Wave (SATB), a threnody piece for the victims of the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan, which is set to his own original text in Japanese, was the winner of the 2012 San Jose Choral Project Composition Competition and was awarded honorable mention in the 2013 Imagine Music Pathways Composition Competition (New York). His piece, Sancta Caecilia (SATB + Wind Band), set to his own original text in Latin, was a finalist in the 2012 International Sacred Composers Composition Competition. In 2013, Flynn was a finalist in the Susanville Symphony Orchestra Composition Contest (California).