Lukas Stanley is a graduate of Western Michigan University, where he earned degrees in music composition and music education. Lukas is the manager of the Folk/Celtic band The Founding, which he co-founded while at Western Michigan University. He also plays keyboard, cajón, and viola with them. In addition, Lukas teaches a private music studio of over 20 students, and composes soundtracks for video game and film projects. Lukas lives in Holland, Michigan, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their Cavalier Spaniel, Kira, where they enjoy spending time on the beach at Lake Michigan.
Artist Statement The primary goal of my music, whether it is a new composition or a performance of a piece I have played many times, is emotion. The purpose of music is to evoke and heighten senses of feeling and depth of thought. This can be accomplished in any genre or musical medium and my experiences and artistic outputs are thus not limited to genre or medium, but they do share the singular goal of expression. Whether I am writing a song that captures the right playful, carefree emotion for a video game, or I am teaching a student to convey sadness and loss through a violin concerto, this is the primary goal of effective music.