Doctoral Student Spotlights

Wendy Luck

Music Composition

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
I was greatly inspired to find such an extensive program with an emphasis on the encouragement of the integration of many artistic platforms - music composition, performance, multimedia, dance, and theatre. Located in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City, the school provides a naturally rich and fertile launching pad to explore many professional possibilities. Combining a variety of artistic genres is welcomed in the composition program, which reinforces why I was so encouraged to integrate even more than the typical amalgamation into my own interdisciplinary performance work. Working with choreographers, visual artists, writers, filmmakers, and scholars in other fields sets up an effective and rich learning environment. Within the program, I was able to bring together a variety of my goals in a way that has been both artistically fulfilling as well as extremely important for my professional life.
My academic passion is:
I am interested in integrating music composition, performance, and multimedia
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
Be performing my one woman show nationally and internationally; while incorporating the presentation of workshops on creating such a work; also creating more works and teaching
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Going to performances of all kinds, traveling, performing
A hobby I have is:
Alternative healing modalities and spiritual explorations
Focus of my research of scholarship:
My research concerns documenting the creative process of creating a one woman show integrating flute, voice, and multimedia
I'm interested in this topic because:
This helps me to unify the many skills and talents I have explored over the years into a fulfilling experience that has completed a long awaited vision.
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
My many years as a professional freelance artist groomed me for a variety of composition and performance capabilities and interests
Research or scholar I most admire:
Laurin Raiken
Professor who has influenced me the most:
Dinu Ghezzo
Research project I've most enjoyed working on:
Preparing and creating my one woman show, as my doctoral recital, and the work on my dissertation
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
Conducting with Dinu Ghezzo
What I like most about being part of a community of doctoral students:
The opportunity to meet and work with others with a passion to venture into new fields; new ideas; intellectual sharing

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Career Goals:
Traveling and successfully performing my one woman show with talk backs and workshops; continuing to perform with my Brazilian Jazz group, and working with sound and healing
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Through the INMC (International New Music Consortium), I won the 2005 Doctoral Award for "outstanding development as composer and promoter of new music," the 2005 Tango Award for "best original tango composition," 2005 Brass Quintet Award, 2004 Woodwind Qunitet Award, the Jack Kreiselman Award in the Graduate Music Composition and Theory Program, member of the Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, Certificate of Participating Artist in the Interactive Multimedia Performing Arts Technology (IMPACT) program, mentioned in Scott Yanow's book, The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide (2008), 4.0 GPA
Other professional or service activities:
Recorded 3 CDs - The Ancient Key - original compositions recorded inthe Great Pyramid in Egypt; The Ancient Journey - original compositions recorded inthe Great Pyramid and in the temples along the Nile; See you in Rio, recorded in Brazil, multimedia presentation also called The Ancient Key, utilizing film, soundtrack and live music; original one woman show called Aquatic Information, incorporating flutes, voice, animation, multimedia, illustrations, theatre; lead singer with the Rainbow Room Big Band, Wendy Luck Jazz Quartet performed nationally; internationally performed all kinds of music; worked with avant garde jazz greats including Don Cherry, Sam Rivers, Bob Moses, Jack De Johnette, Ed Blackwell, Anthony Braxton, Karl Berger, and others. Performed music live with Allen Ginsberg at Naropa Institute; performed with an all female comedy group called the Outcasts; opening music act at the Improv Comedy Club; sang and created countless groups of a variety of disciplines; taught privately flute, voice, and composition, and in a variety of schools; done healing work including Jin Shin, Reiki, and among other healing modalities.