Luke J. Gion is addicted to a good tale! When he was a kid he could never tear himself away from books like The Chronicles of Narnia, or from games like The Legend of Zelda. After immersion in so many narratives, it only makes sense that when he tells one by way of music, people feel compelled to listen: he won the 2016 Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Young Composer’s Contest with his orchestra piece “The Day Draws Near,” and took third place in the 2019 Rachel Moore Composition Contest with a choral work entitled “Daybreak.” He also earned regional and national prizes in the 2014 NFMC Junior Composer’s Contest with his symphonic band composition “Fruition.”
His composition portfolio includes everything from the score for ProsopAnonymous (a YouTube series about face blindness) to works for solo piano, organ and solo voice, unaccompanied flute, mixed ensemble, folk band, string quartet, choir, and orchestra!
Luke not only writes powerful musical stories, but he also performs them! He has fostered his vocal talent since joining choir as a freshman in high school and performing in ACDA and MMEA honor choirs. Since then, Luke has put his performance skills to use as a member of the University of St. Thomas Chamber Singers, and more recently as a section leader for St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Paul, St. Olaf Catholic Church in Minneapolis, and White Bear Lake United Methodist Church.
Luke is not constrained, however, to formal genres only! He frequently utilizes his deft vocal skills and his expressive pianistic abilities to lead contemporary Christian worship in churches all around the Twin Cities! Luke regularly plays for Masses at the Church of St. Pius X in White Bear Lake, and has also led worship at events and prayer services at local Catholic schools and parishes. He has also played retreats put on by groups as notable as the Cor et Lumen Christi Community.
Luke lives in the Twin Cities and is an active member of Community of Christ the Redeemer. He enjoys tabletop and video gaming, and studies martial arts when he isn’t playing or singing a weekend gig! Luke holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.