Education Director and Conductor Ming Luke is rapidly establishing himself as an exciting and versatile conductor to watch. In the past season he has worked with ensembles across the US, UK, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Austria; and has conducted orchestras such as: Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, Birmingham Royal, San Francisco Ballet, Gödöllő Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Opera San José, Sacramento Opera, Napa Regional Dance Company, Sacramento Philharmonic, Komorni Orchestr Akademie of Prague, the Napa Valley Symphony, and others. Ming Luke is also the Music Director of Symphony Napa Valley and the Lincoln Theater in Napa.
Recognized nationally for his innovative education programs, Luke has written, arranged, and performed over 120 education concerts with the Berkeley Symphony. He has served on grant panels for the National Endowment of the Arts and the Grants and Cultural Committee of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. An exciting pops conductor, Luke has created and conducted a variety of pops concerts in many venues, from baseball stadiums, to picnics in the park with over 4,000 people in attendance, traditional concert halls and recording for Major League Baseball.
Ming Luke holds a Master of Fine Arts in Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University.