Brian Luce

Associate Director, School of Music
Tribal Affiliation
Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona

Brian Luce is the Professor of Flute/Associate Director of the University of Arizona School of Music, Vice President of the Native Faculty Association, and a Yamaha Performing Artist. He is a member of the Arizona Wind Quintet and Luce-Caliendo Duo. Dr. Luce has performed as principal flute of orchestras in Texas, Illinois, and Pensylvania and has performed with many ensembles including the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Bach Society, Dallas Wind Symphony, Ulsan Symphony Orchestra, and the Tucson Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Korea, Japan, and China. He has been featured at music festivals of the National Flute Association, British Flute Society, Shanghai International Exposition, Soka International Harp Festival, Texas Flute Society, Florida Flute Association, Mid-South Flute Society, Mid-Atlantic Flute Society, Las Vegas Flute Club, Albuquerque Flute Association, Flute Society of St. Louis, Arizona Flute Society, and Tucson Flute Club. His performances are broadcast throughout the U.S. and his recordings are recommended references by music education associations including the ABRSM.

Acclaimed as “an authoritative soloist,” Brian's Albany Records SACD, Music of the Superpowers: Sputnik, Spies, and the Space Race, has been lauded by The American Record Guide: “This release should be of particular interest for the less known, seldom recorded Denisov and Smirnova...everything on it is enjoyable from beginning to end. Brian Luce plays with flair and intelligence…” He has also performed the premiere recordings of works by Daniel Asia, Anatoly Boyarsky, Christopher Caliendo, William Mathias, Carrol McLaughlin, Anthony Plog, Jack Stamp, Hans Winterberg, Galina Smirnova, and Johanna Beyer on the Naxos, New World, Albany, Toccata Classics, Gault, and Citadel labels.

He has given recitals and master classes throughout the U.S., Europe, and Korea. Editions BIM and IntegrityInk publish his compositions, arrangements, and realizations. His performance and pedagogy articles have appeared in Flute Talk Magazine and Flute Explorer. His often cited dissertation, Light from Behind the Iron Curtain: Style and Structure in Edison Denisov's Quatre Pièces pour flûte et piano, earned the 2001 Morgan Outstanding Dissertation Award from the University of North Texas for his discussion of this leading dissident Russian composer's works versus the political and ideological control mechanisms of the Soviet cancel culture.

He has taught at universities in Texas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania and tutored numerous young performers across the nation. Brian is a prizewinner of the National Flute Association, Texas Flute Society, Mid-South Flute Association, and Kingsville International young artist competitions. His principal teachers include Mary Karen Clardy, Kathleen Chastain, Jacob Berg, and David Etienne.

An O’odham Arizona Native and avid outdoorsman, Brian enjoys trekking afield the beautiful alpine regions of the state with his family and friends. He coaches youth USSSA and AFA softball and served as an executive board member for Little League for over a decade.


  • Doctor of Musical Arts, University of North Texas, 2000
  • Master of Musical Arts, University of North Texas, 1993