William G. Ludtke, originally from Bismarck, North Dakota, studied composition at MacPhails School of Music, Minneapolis, MN; and the American Conservatory of Music, Chicago, IL, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree. He received his Master of Music degree from Holy Names College, Oakland, CA. Professionally Mr. Ludtke has been part of the staff and faculties of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. He currently resides in Oakland and is a member of the adjunct faculty at Holy Names College.

His works have received broad public and critical acclaim, and have had performances by many San Francisco Bay Area musical organizations including the San Francisco Chorale Artists, San Francisco Chamber Singers, Piedmont Children's Choirs, the Baroque Choral Guild, San Francisco Chorale Artists, and the Diablo Symphony. Mr. Ludtke's compositions have been heard on radio stations KDFC, KQED and KKHI.

West Coast premieres have included: Suite for Handbells and Orchestra, Opus 102 and Symphony No. 3, Opus 119 by the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the SONOS Handbell Ensemble under the direction of Michael Morgan.

His Christmas Suite, Opus 107 was performed by the San Jose Symphony under the direction of JoAnn Falletta. "Gaia Sophia", a musical theater composition, was premiered in October of 1998.

In 1999, Mr. Ludtke received a commission to compose a new work for dramatic soprano and orchestra from the Oakland East Bay Symphony. This work, entitled "La Madre", was performed in April, 2000 by the internationally acclaimed soprano Olivia Stapp and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Funding for this commission came from the Irvine Foundation of California.

In the Spring of 1999, three of Mr. Ludtke's Motets, Opus 90 were included on a commercial CD recorded by the San Francisco Choral Artists. A short piece entitled Postcard has also been included in on a commercial CD by the Handbell Ensemble SONOS.

William G. Ludtke received an American Composers Forum Grant made possible by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to compose a new theater work. This work, entitled Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Opus 132 is for two Butoh dancers, soprano and chamber ensemble. It was premiered in Oakland on June 11, 2000, with subsequent performances in San Francisco at the ODC Theater and in Berkeley at the Berkeley Arts Center.

Most recently Mr. Ludtke has received an Individual Artists Grant from the City of Oakland (1999-2000) for a new composition for Shakuhachi and String Quartet that was premiered on September 30th, 2001 in Berkeley.

Organization list

American Composers Forum
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers
American Guild of Organists
American Music Center, New York
Living Music Foundation
Mu Phi Epsilon, National Music Fraternity
Performing Arts Society, Contra Costa County
20th Century Forum