A native New Yorker, Ms. Gwendolyn Lytle is presently on the faculty at Pomona College as Associate Professor of Music and Resident Artist. A graduate of Hunter College, she went on to receive a Master of Music at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Ms. Lytle began her musical studies with her father, who was a church organist for 30 years. She began performing with her sisters in a singing group when she was nine years old and at the age of fourteen, began solo performances in music of Black American composers, mostly sacred.
She has continued this interest in American music, sub-specialty Black American composers to the present day. Her performances include recitals at: the Gardner Museum, Boston, MA; University of California campuses at Berkeley, Irvine, San Diego and Riverside; and the Goethe Institute in San Francisco. She has performed also in Bermuda and Hawaii. She has been soloist with the Long Beach Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, the William Hall Chorale and the Classical Music Seminar Orchestra in Eisenstadt, Austria. Since 1993, she has participated as a soloist with the Classical Music Seminar Orchestra in performances of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and the Ninth Symphony, Haydn's Harmoniemesse, Theresienmesse, and Paukenmesse, and Mozart's Requiem in Eisenstadt and Vienna, Austria and Kösweg, Hungary under the direction of Dr. Don V. Moses.
Gwendolyn and her brother Cecil recently collaborated in a series of concerts devoted to the music of George Gershwin, which produced a PBS broadcast of the concert which has been shown on many public stations across the United States. Her most recent recitals have been devoted to settings of Emily Dickinson and Langston Hughes poems by American composers. Her future repertoire plans include further exploration of vocal chamber music for voice and various instruments by American composers.
Her operatic experience includes performances in the following roles and operas: Cleopatra, Giulio Cesare, Handel; Countess, The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart; the Little Cook, The Nightingale, Stravinskly; Ernestina, The Luggage Mix-Up, Rossini; Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte, Mozart; Second Lady, Dido and Aeneas, Purcell; and Lucy, Treemonisha, Joplin.