GRAMMY® award-winning conductor Adam Luebke was appointed Music Director of Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in 2015. In that time critics have hailed the chorus as “splendid” (Gramophone), “excellent” (Musical America), virtuosic (Buffalo News), and “articulate, unified and vividly expressive” (Chautauqua Daily). He is the 2020 GRAMMY® award winner for Best Choral Performance for his work with the chorus on the recording Richard Danielpour: The Passion of Yeshua.
In the 2022-2023 Luebke will make his Carnegie Hall debut conducting Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, work with distinguished composer Chen Yi, and make his international debut in England. With the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, he will conduct James Whitbourn’s setting of the Diary of Anne Frank, Annelies, Robert Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories, Bach Magnificat, Handel Messiah, and Jonathan Dove’s Passing of the Year. For the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, he will prepare Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Magic Flute, Verdi’s Requiem, and pops programs.
Luebke has prepared choruses for conductors JoAnn Falletta, John Morris Russell, Rossen Milanov, Carl St. Clair, and Bradley Thachuk, He has worked with singers Hila Plitmann, Angela Brown, Nicole Cabell, Kyle van Schoonhoven, and Kevin Deas; as well as Broadway veteran Liz Calloway. 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 Pulitzer-prize winner Paul Moravec on his Sanctuary Road.
Recent highlights with the BPC include performances of Moravec’s Sanctuary Road, Mozart’s Requiem, Chichester Psalms, Verdi’s Requiem, Carmen, Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Requiem and Schicksalslied, Belshazzar’s Feast, Alexander Nevsky, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Porgy and Bess, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. His choirs have appeared on the nationally broadcast radio show Performance Today, and on WNED Classical and WNED-TV. He has conducted the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and appeared at David Geffen Hall, Kleinhans Music Hall, the Chautauqua Institution, and the National Cathedral.
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; as well as Amy Grants’ platinum album Home for Christmas.
Luebke is Assistant Professor of Voice and Choral Conducting at the State University of New York at Fredonia where he has conducted the College Choir, Camerata, and Masterworks Chorus. 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.