Luke Mayernik

Luke Mayernik (b.1981) is a nationally and internationally acclaimed and award winning composer/organist. He won First Place at the American Guild of Organists’ National Competition in Organ Improvisation (2004), and First Place at the International Organ Improvisation Competition hosted by the Royal Canadian College of Organists (2008). In 2004, his Oratorio “In Memoriam: A Requiem for Mister Rogers” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and received an interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” With over 20 sacred works published in the last five years, Luke continues to write both sacred and secular music noted for its engaging harmony, inventive forms, and cross-genre appeal.

Mr. Mayernik is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists and is currently Director of Music and Organist for St. Anne Parish in Castle Shannon. Mr. Mayernik is also the co-founding/artistic director of OvreArts, Inc., Pittsburgh’s newest non-profit performance ensemble. OvreArts has been named the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Heinz Memorial Chapel, the first ensemble ever to be so named. Luke was honored by the Royal Academy of Music in Split, Croatia with the bronze medal (2011) and gold medal (2012) in Music Composition at the 15th and 16th Annual International Sacred Music Festival and Composition Competition. Mr. Mayernik calls Croatia his “home away from home”, where he gives organ recitals, teaches improvisation at the national music academy, and has works performed. He also continues to teach composition, theory and harmony to students of all ages, both privately and within the academic setting.

Luke’s personal mission is to help young composers discover their individual musical voice and instill within them a passion for artistic growth. Mr. Mayernik continues to present recitals and seminars at national conventions and universities. Recent commissions include a new choral work for the award-winning Tesoro High School Choir which was performed at Carnegie Music Hall in New York and for the American Guild of Organists International Conference in 2016. Luke studied organ with Edgar B. Highberger at Seton Hill University, organ improvisation with Dr. Ann Labounsky at Duquesne University and Composition with Nancy Galbraith at Carnegie Mellon University. His music is also published with Oregon Catholic Press, GIA Publications, World Library Publications and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Luke resides in Pittsburgh with his wife, Kassidy Grace, and their cat, Sir Thomas Becket. For more info, visit

Compositions by Luke Mayernik

1: (Easy) No divisi in voice parts, accompaniment doubles or supports vocal parts, diatonic, symmetrical phrases, textures mostly homophonic, simple rhythms, stepwise voice leading (conjunct), moderate ranges, no extended techniques, and limited sustained singing.

2: (Medium Easy) Limited divisi, voices somewhat independent from accompaniment, some chromatics, phrases may be longer or more fragmented, mostly homophonic, moderate rhythmic complexity, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderate ranges, extended techniques are simple, limited sustained singing.

3. (Medium) Limited divisi, unaccompanied, or with independent accompaniment (voice parts not doubled), many chromatics, phrases of varying lengths, more contrapuntal textures, moderately complex rhythms, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderately difficult/challenging ranges, extended techniques are potentially challenging, and some sustained singing.

4. (Medium Difficult) Abundant divisi, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, many difficult intervals (disjunct motion), difficult/challenging ranges, potentially difficult extended techniques, and a demand for sustained singing.

5. (Difficult) Adundant divis, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, extreme ranges, use of challenging or unusual extended vocal techniques, abundant sustained singing.