Lytle most recently served as Associate Director of Bands at West Virginia University
Stephen Lytle has been named the next Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) Coordinator of Music & Drama, following the retirement of longtime coordinator Mary Lou Boderman. Lytle’s first day will be July 1, 2020.
Lytle comes to Salem-Keizer from West Virginia, where he has served as the associate director of bands for West Virginia University. Lytle held a similar position at Miami University in Oxford, OH, where he also served music director for the Department of Theater. He began his teaching career in North Carolina where he inaugurated the band and orchestra program at East Chapel Hill High School, with highlights including an orchestra performance at the North Carolina Music Educators Association convention and a six-week residency by the Marcus Roberts Trio with the jazz program.
Lytle is an active music arranger with more than 300 titles in multiple media to date, and his arrangements for marching band are played by high schools and universities across the country. His research interests include the repertoire and performance practices of brass bands from 19th century America and the collaborative work between composer Elmer Bernstein and the designers and filmmakers, Charles and Ray Eames. He has presented at the national conference for the College Band Directors National Association, has published in the NBA Journal, and he is a contributing research associate in the 11th volume in the noted series, “Teaching Music through Performance in Band.”
Lytle’s professional associations include the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the National Band Association, and NAfME: The National Association for Music Education. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha (Alpha Rho) and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Dr. Lytle holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.