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:

  1. Baptism
  2. Belleville
  3. Camp
  4. Caryl
  5. City Road
  6. Copenhagen
  7. Easter Joy
  8. Gleason
  9. Joshua
  10. Kolding
  11. Lanier
  12. Lord Bless You and Keep You, The
  13. Olivarius
  14. Patten
  15. Prescott
  16. Racine
  17. St. Barbara
  18. Theodore
  19. Transfiguration
  20. Upham