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Jenna Lyle Biography

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Jenna Lyle, b. 1984, is a composer and vocalist from Carrollton, Georgia. Currently in Chicago, she is pursuing a Doctorate of Music at Northwestern University under the tutelage of Lee Hyla, Hans Thomalla, and Jay Alan Yim. Past instructors include Andrew Rindfleisch, Greg D’Alessio, Charles Norman Mason, Dorothy Hindman, Jan Vicar, and Ladislav Kubík.


An active composer, performer, and administrator, Jenna has worked with various ensembles and specialized in the performance and presentation of works by living composers. Her works have been presented throughout the U.S. and abroad, with performances recently by NO EXIT New Music Ensemble of Cleveland, Seattle's Young Kreisler ensemble under the direction of Jayce Ogren, and by performers at UCLA's Hammer Museum as part of the Little William Theater project. 


Sparse and dramatically expressive, Jenna's works tend to be organic in nature and style, exploring the concepts of intimacy, human interaction, and body awareness while attempting to draw both performer and listener into a contemplative experience of sound and its production.  Her style has been described as having a "leave-'em-wanting-more approach, offering music whose brevity and surface uncomplicatedness enhanced its ear-grabbing ability."-Gavin Borchert [Seattle Weekly, Aug. 2010]?