Dr. 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 an M.A. in musicology from Brigham Young University in 1994, he pursued doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, earning a Ph.D. in musicology with a dissertation on the history and reception of Henryk M. G’recki’s Third Symphony. 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.
Dr. Howard’s research focuses on appropriations of classical music in popular culture, and he has published his work in major journals including 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, Finland, Trinidad, Australia, and throughout the United States. He is a recording reviewer with American Music and has written book reviews for Polish Music Journal and Musicology Australia. He is also an active program annotator and pre-concert presenter, working in this capacity with major performers such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Musica Antiqua K’ln, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Borodin String Quartet, Van Cliburn, Pinchas Zuckerman, Richard Goode, Swedish Radio Choir, and Les Talens Lyriques.
Dr. Howard is married to Hadley Elizabeth Duncan Howard. They reside in Orem, Utah, with their two children.
Reclaiming Handel’s Messiah
Luke Howard explains his journey of researching how the Messiah by Handel was performed from the 18th century to now. Performances of the Messiah are more than achieving musical correctness, but about uplifting spirit, uniting congregations, and testifying of Jesus Christ.