Gwendolyn Lytle is a noted soloist with a special interest in American music, particularly music by Black American composers. Her performances include recitals at the Gardner Museum in Boston; the University of California campuses at Berkeley, Irvine, San Diego and Riverside; and the Goethe Institute in San Francisco. She has also performed 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.
Lytle, along and her brother Cecil, recently collaborated in a series of concerts devoted to the music of George Gershwin, a PBS broadcast of 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.