Luke Franco is a flutist, jazz improviser, creative musician and teacher based in Austin, Texas. He is a graduate of the De Paul University School of Music in Chicago where he earned his Master's Degree in Music Performance. His flute teachers in Chicago included Mary Stolper, Jennifer Clippert, and Louise Dixon. Prior to living in Chicago, Luke received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from the University of North Texas, studying with Terri Sundberg. It was in his time at North Texas that Luke developed a strong background in orchestral music and began an in-depth study of jazz theory and improvisation. Luke began his music education as most students do; at the age of 12 as a student in his elementary school band program. Music quickly became a passion for Luke and the flute proved to be the perfect pairing for starting a journey towards better musical knowledge. He started college at the age fifteen as a flute student in the studio of Dr. Melissa Colgin-Abeln, Professor of Flute, at the University of Texas at El Paso; all the while earning credit towards a music degree in the University of Texas system of schools. For this opportunity to study the works and pedagogy of great flutists, Luke is eternally grateful to his mentor, Melissa Colgin-Abeln, who continues to be a source of knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration. Luke has performed classical repertoire and taught flute lessons for over twenty years, including several years teaching in public schools as a band and orchestra director. He has performed with the El Paso Symphony, the Las Cruces Symphony, the Classical Orchestra of Chicago, the Juarez Opera, the University of North Texas Symphony, the De Paul Symphony, the Bruce Nehring Consort, and the Southwest Chamber Ensemble. As an avid participant in jazz and creative idioms he participates regularly in the production and performance of electronic, avant-garde, and freely improvised music. During his time at the University of North Texas he was a founding member of the jazz quartet 'Phonon'; an improvising ensemble based in Denton, Texas. Later, while living in Chicago, Luke worked with the creative ensemble 'Bus Trio' which focused on free improvisation and experimental music techniques. Recently he participated in studio recordings at Sonic Ranch Records providing improvised solos for Bill Callahan's album, 'Apocalypse'; released in 2011 through Drag City Records. His knowledge of flute repertoire and his pursuits in creative music idioms has garnered attention throughout the years. As a result, Luke was invited to be a Guest Artist for the music department at the University of Texas at El Paso in 2007 and 2010. In 2007 he presented a recital of exciting new and traditional music for the flute. Invited back as a guest artist in 2010 Luke presented a clinic and recital featuring a variety of improvisational styles, extended flute techniques, and avant-garde music. In addition to classical and creative music styles, Luke has been performing jazz repertoire for over 20 years in venues in the Dallas, Chicago, Austin, and El Paso areas.