Luke Staisiunas has always had an interest in music. He began to focus on the organ after he was exposed to the music program at St. James Episcopal Church in Chicago Il at a very young age. He began piano lessons at the age of 5 and developed a serious interest in the organ shortly thereafter. Bored with the piano, his parents finally gave in and allowed him to buy a small Thomas spinet organ, which gradually gave way to bigger and better instruments. He studied classical organ at Mercersburg Academy, where he attended high school, under Jim Brinson, the school’s organist.
His theatre organ playing stems mostly from instinct, as well as from instructors and other students at the ATOS Summer Youth Adventure which he has attended since 2011. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Organ Technology at the University of Oklahoma, which covers many aspects of organ building in addition to both classical organ repertoire, and theatre organ playing.
Luke has played at numerous events organized by local chapters, including an appearance at the Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley Holiday Program, and a solo concert for the Cumberland Valley chapter. Luke also performed during band breaks at the Sunnybrook Ballroom’s 2014 Holiday Ball, playing their unique 3/14 United States Pipe Organ Company instrument. He has also appeared for the Garden State Theatre Organ Society at the long-awaited dedication of the Brook Arts Center in Bound Brook, NJ.
He also performed as one of three finalists at the 2016 ATOS Young Organist Competition.