Luke Thering is a pianist and composer based in La Crosse, WI. In 2014, he graduated from UW-La Crosse with a B.A. in Jazz Piano Performance with an emphasis in Music Theory/Composition. Since that time, he has worked as an accompanist, solo pianist, jazz combo sideman, composer, and teacher.
Compositionally-speaking, Luke stays active. In 2010 his concert band piece "Grantchester" was performed at the WSMA State Music Convention in Madison. In 2015 he wrote an original score the the stage show "Dark La Crosse," which has been well received and has been remounted several times. April of 2016 saw the premiere of "Mop Dog," a new children's puppet show by Wonderstruck Theatre Co., for which Luke composed and recorded the full soundtrack.
Several of his pieces are available for purchase via the Store page. Visit the Compositions page for a full list of works, audio samples, and sheet music.
Luke performs regularly as a solo pianist and also as a pianist for several La Crosse-area groups. Since 2012, he has been a member of the 3rd Relation Jazz Quartet, which performs weekly in downtown La Crosse. He has also performed with the Michael Patrick Quartet, Kies & Kompanie, Jazz Inc. and the La Crosse Jazz Orchestra, among other area groups. To view upcoming performances, check out the calendar.
To contact Luke, click here.
"Luke played for Classic Hits 94.7's 4th Annual Listener Appreciation party and he was fantastic! He was so much fun and had a great mix of musical styles. Luke played a great variety: different kinds of Christmas tunes, classic jazz songs, and great '60s, '70s, and '80s! He really added so much to our party and we were quite lucky to have him. Don't miss this guy, very talented!"
—Tracy Ballzer, Program Director and Afternoon Host on Classic Hits 94.7
"When I had an idea for a stage production of a humanities themed event, I needed a musician who could select and arrange music that fit our "Dark La Crosse Tour: The Radio Show." Luke was the best choice I could have made - he delighted the audience with his abilities and talked about his selections based on music written by La Crosse composers long since deceased as part of the Q&A after-show. Luke is a true professional who has an immense amount of self-discipline. Five stars!"
—Anita Doering, Senior Archivist/Archives Manager at La Crosse Public Library