Associate Professor of Voice
DMA, University of Oregon
MM, Peabody Conservatory of Music
BA, Kalamazoo College
Susan Lyle has numerous performances to her credit as a solo artist performing with such organizations as the Baltimore Opera Company, the Annapolis Opera, the Calgary Bach Festival Society and the Handel Choir of Baltimore. She was a first place winner in the Annapolis Opera competition and has been fellowship recipient at the Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts. While in Canada, she was involved in the formation of two art organizations: the Debut Opera Company and the Calgary Bach Festival Society, serving as artistic director, soloist and conductor. She has performed solo recitals to critical acclaim in the United States, Canada, Austria, and most recently in Coburg, Germany and Charleston, SC. In May of 1996, she was a featured artist at the Cleveland Institute of Music Art Song Festival.
Dr. Lyle earned her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the doctorate from University of Oregon, Eugene in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting. She is Associate Professor of Voice at Converse College, where she has sung as a soloist in performances of the St. Matthew Passion and Elijah. Recent operatic performances for Converse Opera Theatre include singing the role of the Prioress in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, the title role in Bizet's Carmen and Marcellina in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro for The South Carolina Opera Company. Dr. Lyle is also a conductor of opera, having served in the pit for Converse's production of La Traviata in 1999. In June of 1999, Susan Lyle was a guest conductor for a live radio broadcast concert with The Hungarian Radio Chorus in Budapest, Hungary. In the same summer, she led a three-week performing tour of Germany, Austria and Hungary with the Converse Chamber Singers.
Dr. Lyle has appeared as a soloist with the Symphonic Choral Society of Columbia, Opera Lite of Hilton Head Island and the Long Bay Symphony of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She is a member of the international music fraternity Pi Kappa Lambda and an active member of NATS, the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
"Ms. Lyle displayed a large and secure soprano that rang excitingly through the room. She was down-right imposing in the songs by Liszt, Cornelius and Brahms and her trip through Hugo Wolf's Kennst du das Land was thrilling!"
— The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC
"A voice of great expressive power and enormous dynamic range."
— Coburg Neue Presse, Coburg, Germany