Lyle Nordstrom, Co-Artistic Director
Lutenist and conductor Dr. Lyle Nordstrom has been one of the most influential musicians in early music in the last several decades, particularly in the area of education at the collegiate level. In the course of his college teaching career he has led the early music programs at Oakland University in Michigan, Clayton State College and University in Atlanta and, most recently, the University of North Texas, being nominated for a number of teaching awards at each institution. He has also taught lute at Indiana University and Oberlin Conservatory.
In 2000 he was given the Binkley award by Early Music America for his work on the collegiate level and in 2009 the Paul Riedo Award by Dallas Bach Society for his contributions to early music in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. In 2019, Nordstrom received the Howard Mayer Brown Award for lifetime achievement in the field of early music. He is also known for his scholarly contributions to various early music journals as well as a book about the wire-strung bandora and articles in the New Groves Encyclopedia of Music.
Lyle’s role as a committed mentor to new generations of early music performers and enthusiasts has been a hallmark of his teaching career, and graduates of his programs, both singers and instrumentalists, have populated early music organizations in both North America and Europe.
He is also known as a founder of The Musicians of Swanne Alley, a group he directed with lutenist Paul O’Dette from 1976 to 1996, performing with them at nearly every major early music festival in the US and Europe, and contributing his performing and editing talents to recordings on Focus, Harmonia Mundi and Virgin Classics. The movie Rob Roy features music edited by Nordstrom in performances by Swanne Alley. In 1997 Lyle also founded the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and is now the Director Emeritus. He tours regularly with the 17th century ensemble Armonia Celeste, as well as regularly serving as coach and clinician for various organizations. Recently, he has worked with a number of universities through coaching vocal and instrumental performers.