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
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
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
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.
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