SC State University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts Presents “An Evening of Art Song”

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

SC State University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present “An Evening of Art Song” musical recital on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Barbara A. Vaughn Fine Arts Center.

Mezzo-soprano, Dr. Susan Lyle, will serve as a guest performer during the musical recital.  Artists Sara Rossi (viola) and Irina Peace (piano) will be accompanying Lyle during the performance. Lyle will perform a range of repertoire songs from 20th Century American composers, Henry Purcell and Michael Head.

Lyle currently serves as associate professor of voice and director of choral activities with the Petrie School of Music at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C.  She has numerous performances to her credit as a solo artist, performing with organizations such as the Baltimore Opera Company, Annapolis Opera, the Calgary Bach Festival Society, Handel Choir of Baltimore, The Cleveland Art Song Festival, Columbia Choral Society, Hilton Head Choral Society, the Long Bay Symphony of Myrtle Beach, the South Carolina Opera and the Festival Chorus of Spartanburg, SC.

Lyle was a first place winner in the Annapolis Opera Competition and has been a fellowship recipient at the Tanglewood Festival in Lenox, Mass. While residing in Canada, Lyle was involved in the formation of two arts organizations: the Debut Opera Company and the Calgary Bach Festival Society, serving at times as the artistic director, a soloist and conductor for both organizations. She was the director for “Die Singgemeinschaft” of the German-Canadian Club in Calgary, and served as the director for the Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players for one year before relocating to Oregon. 

Lyle has performed solo recitals to critical acclaim in the United States, Canada, Austria and Germany. In May of 2007, she sang in the 60th Anniversary performance of the B-Minor Mass with the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Society under the direction of James Turner.
As a choral conductor, Lyle has led student tours to Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, France and England. In June of 1999, Lyle was a guest conductor for a live radio broadcast concert with the Hungarian Radio Chorus in Budapest, Hungary.

Lyle is a graduate of Kalamazoo College with a degree in music education. She earned her Master of Music degree in vocal performance and opera at the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. After completing her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance and choral conducting at the University of Oregon-Eugene, she began an academic career at Clarion University in Clarion, Penn.

Lyle is an active adjudicator, author and member of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Voice Foundation of Philadelphia.

For more information on the “Evening of Art Song” concert contact Dr. Robert Grenier at 803-536-8595 or via email at