Lee Hyla

Lee Hyla ( born August 31, 1952 in Niagara Falls (New York)) is an American composer and music educator.

Hyla, who grew up in Greencastle / Indiana, studied at New York's Stony Brook University with David Lewin and at Boston New England Conservatory with Malcolm Peyton. He has received commissions from Koussevitzky, Fromm, Barlow, and Naumburg Foundation, the Mary Flagler Carey Charitable Trust, the Concert Artist 's Guild and the Meet the Composer / Reader 's Digest Consortium and composed for ensembles and musicians such as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum Musicae, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Lydian string Quartet, Triple helix, Tim Smith, Tim Berne, Laura Frautschi, Rhonda Rider, Stephen Drury, Mia Chung, Judith Gordon and Mary Nessinger.

Hyla has received numerous grants and awards, including 1992 with Olly Wilson the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the St. Botolph Club Award and the Rome Prize. From 1992 to 2007 he taught composition at New England Conservatory, and since 2007 he has the Harry N. and Ruth F. Wyatt Chair of Music Composition held at the Northwestern University.


  • Amnesia for six instruments, 1976
  • Pre- Amnesia for alto saxophone, 1979
  • String Trio, 1981
  • In Double Light for viola, bass clarinet, piano and percussion, 1983
  • Pre -Pulse Suspended for twelve instruments, 1984
  • String Quartet No. 2, 1985
  • Mystic Birds of Saugerties for bass clarinet, 1985
  • Anhinga for chamber ensemble, 1987
  • Dream of Innocent III, 1987
  • Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra, 1988
  • Amnesia Variance for clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano and dulcimer, 1989
  • String Quartet No. 3, 1989
  • Amnesia Breaks for Woodwind Quintet, 1990
  • Ciao, Manhattan for viola, flute, cello and piano, 1990
  • Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra, 1991
  • We Speak Etruscan for Bass Clarinet and Baritone Saxophone, 1992
  • Howl for narrator and string quartet, 1993
  • Quartet for Bassoon and String Trio, 1993
  • How was your weekend for Viola and Cello, 1994
  • Trans for large chamber orchestra, 1996
  • Now Exclusively cello for 16 cellos, 1996
  • Riff and Transfiguration, Piano Suite, 1997
  • Third Party for piano, 1998
  • String Quartet No. 4, 1999
  • Wilson's Ivory -bill for baritone, piano and tape recordings, 2000
  • Lives of the Saints for mezzo-soprano and eight instruments, 2000
  • Violin Concerto, 2001
  • At North Farm for mezzo- soprano and bass clarinet, 2001
  • Amnesia Redux for Piano Trio, 2002
  • One Moe Time for Piano, 2002
  • Detour Ahead for double bass, 2003
  • At Suma Beach for mezzo- soprano, clarinet, violin, viola, piano and percussion, 2003
  • Amore Scaduto for Violin and Cello, 2004
  • Quarry for baritone and viola, 2004
  • Paradigm Lost for saxophone quartet, 2005
  • The House of Flowers for mezzo- soprano, bass clarinet, bass and piano, 2005
  • The Triadic Coast for large orchestra, 2005
  • Field Guide for flute, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano and percussion, 2006
  • Polish Folk Songs for clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano and percussion, 2007
  • Passegieta for Violin, 2007
  • Warble ( for Fenwick Smith ) for flute and piano, 2008
  • Reef and Consequences, Concerto for Chamber Orchestra, 2008


  • The Dream of Innocent III, Rhonda Rider, Jim Pugliese, Lee Hyla, 1989
  • In Double Light, Lydian String Quartet, 1993
  • Amnesia Breaks, 1996
  • We Speak Etruscan with Tim Smith, Tim Berne, Speculum Musicae. Lydian String Quartet, 1996
  • Howl, Kronos Quartet with Allen Ginsberg, 1996
  • Riff & Transfiguration with Mia Chung, Stephen Drury, Judith Gordon and Callithumpian Ensemble, 1999
  • Trans, Boston Modern Orchestra Project under Gil Rose with Laura Frautschi and Tim Smith, 2004
  • Wilson's Ivory -bill, Lydian String Quartet, 2006
  • Lives of the Saints with Mary Nessinger, Gil Rose, 2008