Luke Ellard (b. 1988, Louisiana ) is an American clarinetist and composer.
Ellerd earned his Bachelor of Music degree in music performance from Louisiana Tech University, studying clarinet under Lawrence Gibbs and composition under Dr. Joe L. Alexander. Following Louisiana Tech University, Luke went on to earn the Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Texas at Austin studying composition under Dan Welcher, Yevgeniy Sharlat, and Donald Grantham, as well as clarinet under Ana Victoria Luperi. Currently, Luke is pursuing the doctor of musical arts degree in clarinet performance with a related field in contemporary music at the University of North Texas College of Music, studying under Kimberly Cole Luevano.
Recently, Luke completed graduate studies in clarinet performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying under James Campbell and Eric Hoeprich. At the Jacobs School, he performed with the IU Philharmonic, Symphony, Concert, and Chamber Orchestras as well as the Wind Ensemble and the New Music Ensemble. He also served as a member of the IU Conductor's Orchestra, Ad Hoc Orchestra, and was a frequent collaborative clarinetist with the IU composition department.
Mr. Ellard is a two-time finalist in the Southeastern Composers’ League Arnold Salops Composition Contest, was a composition fellow at the Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Festival, and participated in the European American Musical Alliance’s Summer Composition Academy in Paris, France, studying under David Conte. His works have been internationally performed by ensembles such as the New Trombone Collective, the University of Texas Symphony Band, IPFW Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the University of Washington Symphonic Band, Barkada Quartet, Waterloo Sound Conspiracy, and the Northside Trombone Quartet. His trombone quartet Blue Interjections was a finalist in the 2013 Slide Factory International Composition Contest and is published through the New Trombone Collective. He has performed with ensembles such at the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, the UT University Orchestra, Masterworks Summer Festival Orchestra, Waterloo Sound Conspiracy, and Novacane Quartet.
Works for Winds
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Luke Ellard." Accessed 28 November 2016
- Luke Ellard website Accessed 28 November 2016