Chautauqua Announces 2019 Composer-in-Residence

2019 Composer-in-Residence

We’re thrilled to announce that Gilda Lyons will join Chautauqua Opera this summer as our fourth Composer-in-Residence!
GILDA LYONS, composer, vocalist and visual artist, combines elements of renaissance, neo-baroque, spectral, folk, agitprop music theater and extended vocalism to create works of uncompromising emotional honesty and melodic beauty. An active vocalist and fierce advocate of contemporary music, Lyons has commissioned, premiered and workshopped new vocal works by dozens of composers. Lyons serves as co-chair of the Composition Program at Wintergreen Summer Music Academy in Virginia, and as visiting assistant professor of composition at The Hartt School in Connecticut. She is artistic and executive director of The Phoenix Concerts, New York's "intrepid Upper West Side new-music series" (The New Yorker), and serves on the Board of Advisors of Composers Now and the Steven R. Gerber Trust. Her works and performances are available on the Clarion, GPR Records, Naxos, New Dynamic Records, and Roven Records labels. Lyons’ music is published by Schott, E.C. Schirmer, and Burning Sled.
Listen to Gilda's compositions at


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