Robert Luke Martin

Conductor, Orchestrator, Concert Producer


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Robert Luke Martin is an internationally recognized conductor, organist, and concert producer who strives to create exciting programming that introduces new audiences to the concert hall.

As a conductor, Robert has served as both Music Director and Executive Director of the Irish Video Game Orchestra (Belfast, Northern Ireland), an organization he started while studying at Queen’s University Belfast. A group of musicians dedicated to introducing unreached audience through video game music, the IVGO has performed concerts described as “one of the most entertaining musical evening I’ve experienced.” (Chris Hastings, Queen’s Radio) Prior to the IVGO, Robert was the Founding Music Director of the Houghton Pops Orchestra (Houghton, NY), where he wrote and produced two Irish and Scottish themed stage productions, “Hearts of the Highlands” and “Hearts of the Highlands II: A Song to Remember.”

As an organist, Robert has held numerous positions both within the United States, and abroad. Past posts have included Belmont United Methodist Church (Belmont, NY), Montgomery United Methodist Church (Damascus, MD), Fisherwick Presbyterian Church (Belfast, NI), Thurmont United Methodist Church (Thurmont, MD), and Otterbein United Methodist Church (Hagerstown, MD). Currently Robert is the Music Director at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Downey, California.

Robert received his Bachelor of Music in Organ from Houghton College where he studied with Dr. Judy Congdon, and conducting with Gary Stith, and Dr. Brian Casey. He later received his Master of Arts in Arts Management from the Queen’s University Belfast where he wrote his thesis on video game music in the concert hall and its effects on audience development.

Currently, Robert is completing a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach, studying with Dr. Jermie Arnold and John Carnahan.