Heather Lyle

Adjunct Lecturer
BM & MM, California State University, Northridge

Heather Lyle is a faculty member at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. She teaches singing and extended voice work for the sophomore BFAs. She was born into the world of theatre. All of her Great Aunts were Ziegfeld Follies girls and her great uncle, Buddy DeSylva (a USC graduate), was co-founder of Capitol Records and president of Paramount Pictures. Buddy was famous for his hits of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s and for producing musical theatre during the golden age of Broadway before he moved into film producing standouts like For Whom the Bell Tolls, Double Indemnity and the Shirley Temple movies. Lyle’s mother began working for “Uncle Buddy” and “Uncle Johnny” (Johnny Mercer) at 16. She was the first employee at Capitol Records and later the first female Hollywood press agent, the first female NBC executive, a musician’s agent and writer for Downbeat Jazz Magazine. Lyle began working for her mother as a teenager, which gave her insights into the business of entertainment and creative opportunities at a young age.

Lyle is the author of Vocal Yoga, the Joy of Breathing, Singing and Sounding and the creator of the CD Vocal Yoga Singing Exercises. She has patented a method of somatic voice work called the Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method® to free the voice. She will be teaching her Vocal Yoga® along with Catherine Fitzmaurice’s work in January 2017. Lyle is also successful professional singer for film, TV and stage. She has sung every style of music from opera and musical theatre to jazz and pop and has performed on every type of stage from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the smoky caves of Paris to the Playboy Mansion. Lyle sings in seven languages and has sung traditional Middle Eastern music for movie soundtracks. She has performed in over 50 productions and recorded four original CDs. Her love of adventure has sent her to Brazil, performing concerts, traveling down the Amazon River and to Egypt to record inside the Great Pyramid for a movie soundtrack. Lyle presently sings with her eight-piece band The Bluecat Express. The Bluecat Express has performed at numerous prestigious events including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and Playboy Jazz Festival with Kenny G., Herbie Hancock, Dee Bridgewater and Ramsey Lewis.

Lyle was a member of the San Fernando Repertory Theater, Long Beach Opera and directed for the Theatre Tribe Theater Company. Dramalogue singled out her musical direction for special praise in the critically-acclaimed production of Anne of a Thousand Days at CBS Studios. She has also contributed music to television shows including NBC’s Emmy Award-winning, The Mystery of the Sphinx.

Lyle received her B.M. and M.M. in voice, from California State University, Northridge and studied acting at Milton Katselas’ Bevery Hills Playhouse. She completed a doctoral internship and a doctoral voice research project at Indiana University School of Music under Paul Kiesgen. She spent summer 2015 at New York University Medical Center studying the latest findings in voice science with Swedish voice scientist Dr. Johann Sundberg and now she is just back from the National Center of Voice and Speech in Utah where she studied with renown voice scientist Ingo Titze to receive her Vocologist Certification in 2017. Lyle is also a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and has taught numerous times in the Fitzmaurice Teacher Certification Program and is a Knight Thompson Speechwork® teacher. Lyle operates a private studio and has also taught for Santa Monica College, LA Mission College, the Los Angeles High School for the Arts, Studio 5 in New York, Seydways Acting Studio, Lorach Acting School in Germany, James Franco’s Studio4, UCLA, numerous other acting schools, and the private sector. Internationally, Lyle has assisted in developing vocal pedagogy for the singing schools developed by the TV show Indian Idol in Kolkata, India. She has also taught for Prober Guha’s acclaimed Alternative Living Theatre, and The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. www.vocalyoga.com.