Academy of Arts

Tammy Luke - Violin and Viola, Fiddle

Tammy Mason Luke received her early training in the Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra as a student of Mickey Davis and Robert McNally. After graduating from Wingfield High School, she attended Arizona State University where she was awarded a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education and went on to receive a master’s degree in viola performance with an emphasis on Suzuki violin at Northern Arizona University.

In addition, Mrs. Luke is a core member of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and teaches strings in the MSO string program. She also serves as all city co-coordinator and conductor of the Jackson Public School District’s String Orchestra Program and a long time member of the First Baptist Jackson Sanctuary Orchestra.  Mrs. Luke is the director of Kidd Fiddler’s Suzuki Strings group that performs in various venues:  First Baptist Church of Jackson Thankful Christmas, St. Dominic’s Hospital, various assisted living facilities and nursing homes, and 2018 Jackson Airport Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.  Mrs. Luke was a conductor of the Mississippi Youth Symphony Cadet Orchestra for several years.

Mrs. Luke is a certified Suzuki violin and Mark O’Connor American Music system instructor in the Vicksburg Holy Trinity of Fine Arts program, First Baptist Church Academy of Arts, and Mississippi Talent Education Association.  Mrs. Luke has served as a clinician in several Suzuki institutes including the 2006 Greater New Orleans Suzuki Summer Institute. She conducted in the 2018 Mississippi Symphony Premier String Orchestra Camp, has taught Jackson Prep summer strings program and has adjudicated at the prestigious MMTA festival at Blue Mountain College. She continues to explore educational avenues by attending clinics and conferences: 2018 American String Teachers conference, 2014 Charleston Mark O’Connor Camp, 2012 40th Suzuki of Americas Conference, 2012 New Orleans Suzuki Clinic, 2011 CICA Suzuki Clinic, 2011 to 2008 American String Teachers Association Conference, and 2010 Greater Washington Suzuki Institute.  She is an alum of Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Sewanee Music Camp in Tennessee, and Meadowmount School of Music in New York.