Luke Frazier

Founder & Music Director

Growing up in West Virginia and spending most of his career in New York City and Washington DC, Luke knows the breadth of audiences that can have their lives changed by music of all kinds. Luke, a classically trained pianist and conductor, spends every day focusing not only on musical excellence but also about using music as a tool to connect people from all walks of life.

Luke counts himself lucky to call many of the world’s most acclaimed artists friends and collaborators, so it’s not uncommon to hear pop singers, classical musicians and television stars all in the same program. These friendships include Renée Fleming, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Patti Labelle, Kelli O’Hara, Juanes, Wynton Marsalis, Rita Moreno, Morgan James, Joshua Bell and so many more – leading to concerts across the country in iconic venues and reaching millions of TV viewers.

In addition to mainstage programming, Luke is passionately committed to APO’s education efforts, including our NextGen National: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow competition, Children’s Outreach Tours and more (after all, it was an elementary school gymnasium performance that inspired his own career).

Favorite APO Moment

Performing at Mount Vernon for United in Song in the middle of the pandemic. We defied all the odds to create a show that was one of a kind and so moving to the musicians and the audience - truly unforgettable!

Favorite Pop Music Song

Four-way tie: "Wheel of Fortune" by Kay Starr; "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Aretha and Simon and Garfunkel; "Once Upon a Time" by Frank Sinatra; and "Wildflowers" by Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt.