Adam Luebke is the 2021 GRAMMY® award winner for Best Choral Performance. Appointed Music Director of Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in 2015, the chorus has been hailed as “splendid,” “articulate,” “soaring,” and “virtuosic.” He and the chorus won the 2021 GRAMMY® award for Best Choral Performance for their recording Richard Danielpour: The Passion of Yeshua with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor JoAnn Falletta.
Luebke has prepared choruses for conductors JoAnn Falletta, John Morris Russell, Rossen Milanov, Carl St. Clair, Bradley Thachuk, Tim Moffit, and Stefan Sanders. He has worked with singers Hila Plitmann, Angela Brown, J’Nai Bridges, and Kevin Deas; as well as Broadway veterans Liz Calloway, Rachel Potter, and Justin Guarini. He worked alongside composer Richard Danielpour preparing the East Coast premiere performances and the world premiere recording of his The Passion of Yeshua for Naxos, Fabio Luisi to prepare his St. Bonaventure Mass at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the distinguished African-American Spiritual arranger, Stacey Gibbs.
Recent highlights with the BPC include heralded performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Chichester Psalms, Verdi’s Requiem, Carmen, Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Requiem, Belshazzar’s Feast, Alexander Nevsky, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Porgy and Bess, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The BPC has appeared on the nationally broadcast radio show Performance Today with Fred Child, and locally on WNED Classical and WNED-TV. He has conducted the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Amherst Symphony Orchestra; and appeared at David Geffen Hall, Kleinhans Music Hall, the Chautauqua Institution, and the National Cathedral. He has collaborated with Lehrer Dance Company, Irish Classical Theatre Company, the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, SUNY Fredonia, and the acclaimed men’s ensemble Cantus.
As a chorister, Luebke sang with the American Boychoir, St. Olaf Choir, and Westminster Choir. With these choruses, he performed with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, and Spoleto Festival USA opera chorus under Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Colin Davis, Andre Previn, Neville Marriner, Nicholas McGegan, Marvin Hamlisch, Zdenek Macal, Emmanuel Villaume, and Robert Shaw. He also appeared on stage with Wynton Marsalis, Kathleen Battle, Frederica von Stade, Benjamin Luxon, Sylvia McNair, Paul Groves, Suzanne Mentzer, Christine Goerke, David Daniels, and Chanticleer. He sings on recordings of the American Boychoir, Westminster Choir, and St. Olaf Choir on the Angel, Alliance, and Avie labels; as well as Amy Grants’ platinum album Home for Christmas.
A devoted music educator, Luebke is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Choral Conducting at the State University of New York at Fredonia. At Fredonia, he has conducted the College Choir, Camerata, and Masterworks Chorus, prepared students for performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and the Hillman Opera 60th Anniversary Gala. He is in demand as a clinician, presenter, adjudicator, and guest conductor.
Luebke received his earliest musical training at the American Boychoir School, and earned degrees from St. Olaf College, Westminster Choir College, and Florida State University. His teachers include Anton Armstrong, Joseph Flummerfelt, Andre Thomas, Andrew Megill, and James Litton.