Dr. Susan Lyle, director of music


Dr. Susan Lyle has been a church musician for nearly her entire life. Beginning as a young pianist Susan played for her Sunday School Class back in Michigan as a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church. In high school, on very short notice, she was asked to substitute for the regular organist for a Sunday Service.  Organ studies followed and she became a substitute organist for several churches in her town of Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. During college Susan began working as choir director/ organist for St. Monica’s Roman Catholic Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Further graduate studies took her to The Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD.  where she served for eight years on the staff for Church of the Annunciation and as a music consultant for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. While living in Calgary, Alberta Canada, Susan returned to the Lutheran Church and served at St. John Lutheran as organist choir director for seven years followed by four years in Oregon at the University of Oregon where she completed her Doctorate in Musical Arts in 1996. While in Western Pennsylvania for one year as a visiting professor at Clarion University, Susan was employed at First United Methodist Church in Titusville, PA. where she became acquainted with the Methodist Church.

Susan Lyle moved to the Upstate in 1996 when she joined the faculty at the Petrie School of Music at Converse College where she is associate professor of voice and choral conducting.

She joined the staff at EUMC in August of 2008. She is an active singer/conductor and maintains a private voice studio in addition to directing opera and musical theater. Susan has one daughter, Emily Lyle.  Susan and her husband Patrick Edwards were married in May of 2010.  The year 2010-2011 marks Susan’s 40th year as a professional church musician.