After cutting her conducting teeth on secondary school and church choirs, Luengen was appointed Artistic Director of the Phoenix Chamber Choir in 1995. Under her direction, the ensemble became the most celebrated choir in the history of the CBC National Choral Competition. Known for its fearless and inspiring forays into contemporary music, its strong support of Canadian composers, and its ability to connect intimately with audiences, Phoenix Chamber Choir carved out an important niche in Canada’s rich and vibrant choral life. A respected composer herself, Luengen was instrumental in establishing the highly valued and instructive Phoenix Young Choral Composers Development Programme.
In May 2012, after 17 years at the helm, Luengen resigned as Artistic Director of the Phoenix Chamber Choir. She continues to conduct the Shaughnessy Heights United Church Choir, a highly dedicated and accomplished ensemble which she has led since 2004, as well as the Amabilis Singers, a community group of hard-working, eager and joyful singers which she has directed since 2006.
Luengen is a member of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities and the BC Choral Federation.