March 27, 1858, Thompsonville, Wisconsin.
December 27, 1931, Evanston, Illinois.
Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois.
A composer and conductor, Lutkin studied music in Berlin (1881–83); at the Royal High School for Music under August Haupt (organ) and Oscar Raif (piano); at the Royal Academy of Arts under Woldemar Bargiel; and piano under Moritz Moszkowsky in Paris (1884).
He was organist at the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, Chicago, Illinois (1871–81); organist and choir master at St. Clement’s, Chicago (1884–91); director of the Theoretical Department, American Conservatory of Music, Chicago (1885–91); and director (1891–97) and dean (1897) of the School of Music at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He received an honorary doctor of music degree from Syracuse University (1900); was a founder of the American Guild of Organists and the North Shore Festival in Chicago; joint musical editor of the Methodist Hymnal; and lectured on church music at Western Theological Institute, Chicago, and Garrett Biblical Institute, Evanston, Illinois. His works include: