Born: March 27, 1858, Thompsonville, Wisconsin.
Died: December 27, 1931, Evanston, Illinois.
Buried: Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois.
Peter was the son of Peter Christian Lutkin and Hannah Olivarius, and husband of Delilah Carman.
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).
He served as 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), and lectured on church music at Western Theological Institute, Chicago, and Garrett Biblical Institute, Evanston, Illinois.
He was a founder of the American Guild of Organists and the North Shore Festival in Chicago, and joint musical editor of the Methodist Hymnal.