From the Toledo, Ohio area, Luke Rosen possesses all of the attributes that I believe are important for those who serve as composers of sung prayer: a strong musical education; attentiveness to the important qualities of ritual music; a keen sense of critical thinking; a beautiful gift for creating melody; and, what is so very important – a true pastoral sensitivity and a servant’s heart. Luke is a busy boy, being both the director of music ministry at Corpus Christi University Parish at the University of Toledo; as well as the director of liturgical music at St. John’s Jesuit High School there. In addition to all of this, Luke works as a retreat leader at the high school, and is the vocal director and pit orchestra director for all of the school musicals at St. John’s. Luke also works as a counselor at several vocal music camps for middle school and high school students. I am exhausted just thinking about it all, but his energy and commitment is an inspiration for us all. He loves to run, hike, cook, studying geology and involved in storm chasing, and birdwatching. Quite the renaissance man!
Luke’s compositional styles are very diverse, including songs for the assembly to pray and sing, and wonderfully crafted compositions that serve as anthems for the choir. His pieces are presently all published by OCP Publications, and while there are only a few published at this point – they all hold a promise for some wonderful things to come in the future. I have enjoyed and the many wonderful conversations we have had – and I know I will be first in line to drink in the many creations that I am certain will be bursting forth! (DH: 3.12.18)
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