Heather Lyle is considered one of the leading voice teachers in Los Angeles for actors, singers and public speakers. She is a dedicated educator who received her Bachelor and Master's Degrees in voice, from California State University, Northridge. She specialized in voice, diction and speech science graduating summa cum laude.
A winner of the prestigious California University Sally Casanova Doctoral Scholarship, Lyle completed advanced doctoral voice research and a doctoral internship at the renowned Indiana University School of Music under the tutelage of renown voice teacher Paul Kiesgen. Heather Lyle is also a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, and teaches in the Fitzmaurice Teacher Certification Program. She is co-leading a Fitzmaurice program with the founder of the work, Catherine Fitzmaurice, in January 2017. Fitzmaurice Voicework is one of the leading voice works for actors today, taught at Harvard, Juilliard, Moscow Art Theatre and most professional acting conservatories. Lyle is in the process of finishing her certification as a vocologist (voice scientist). Heather Lyle spent summer 2015 at New York University Medical Center where she studied the latest findings in voice science with world renown Swedish voice scientist Dr. Johann Sundberg and Dr. Brian Gill.
The combination of Heather Lyle's training in voice work for actors and extensive training in singing has given Lyle a unique approach to teaching that students find fresh and innovative. Lyle teaches voice, speech and singing for the University of Southern California's School of Dramatic Arts. Lyle has also taught for Santa Monica College, LA Mission College, the Los Angeles High School for the Arts, Studio 5 in New York, Chelsea Studios in NYC, Seydways Acting Studio in Hollywood, numerous other acting schools, and the private sector. She also teaches speaking skills for the doctoral economics and finance students at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She assisted all of her students in attaining their dream teaching jobs at Yale, University of Chicago and other prestigious institutions! Internationally Lyle teaches "Vocal Yoga” in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and in Kolkata, India for the educational division of the television show “Indian Idol” owned by Fremantle Media. She also teaches for Prober Guha's acclaimed "Alternative Living Theatre". Many of Lyle's students have gone on to starring roles in television, film and theater. Lyle also delights in helping the beginner find their voice and in forming a career direction.
Lyle is the founder of the patented Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method, a voice work utilizing techniques from Yoga, Pranayama, Voice Science, Alexander Technique, the Bel Canto School of Singing, Qi Gong, kirtan chanting, primal voice work, fascia release work and somatic body work to free the voice. Vocal Yoga uses specialized yoga postures, yoga straps, tubes, tuning forks and somatic body work and sound healing exercises designed to unblock the breath and voice from parts of the body where it has been braced or blocked due to the emotional and physical stresses of life. When the body is free to breathe and released from encumbrances, the actor will discover a new depth and expansion to his or her voice. The success of her Vocal Yoga book has given her the opportunity to teach people via Skype from China to Sweden and she is now certifying teachers in her specialized work.
Heather Lyle was born into the world of theatre. Her families involvement in the entertainment business dates back to the day of Vaudeville. All of her Great Aunts were Ziegfeld Follies girls and she grew up listening to the hit songs of her great uncle, Buddy DeSylva, co-founder of Capitol Records and president of Paramount Pictures. Buddy was famous for his hits of the 20's, 30's and 40's, written with Al Jolsen, Johnny Mercer, Henderson and Brown, and Gershwin. Many of his songs have become jazz standards such as: "April Showers," “Somebody Loves Me” and “Do it Again.” DeSylva also produced many of the musical theatre hits during the golden age of Broadway and went on to produce movie musicals during the Bing Crosby/Gene Kelly era. The Shirley Temple movies were a big success of Buddy DeSylvas.
Lyle was also influenced by her mother, the first female Hollywood press agent, the first female NBC executive and the first employee of Capitol Records. Lyle's mother was also a musician's agent and writer for Downbeat Jazz Magazine who constantly played jazz standards written by the prominent musicians she managed. One of her most notorious clients was the blues legend W.C. Handy.
Lyle's passion for theatre was nurtured from an early age leading her to receive acclaim as a composer, director and voice and speech coach. She has worked for the San Fernando Repertory Theater and 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 in Los Angeles. Lyle has also served as a voice coach for record and TV productions, and has contributed music to television shows including NBC's Emmy Award winning, "The Mystery of the Sphinx."
Heather Lyle is also a successful professional singer for film, T.V. and stage. She has sung every style of music from opera and musical theater 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 has even sung traditional Middle Eastern music for movie sound-tracks. She has performed in over fifty 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." Their last CD release "The Spirit of New Orleans," on Rhombus Records, played on jazz stations across the U.S. and is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and itunes. The Bluecat Express has appeared at The Jacksonville Jazz Festival with Kenny G., Herbie Hancock, Dee Bridgewater and Ramsey Lewis and performed as part of the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles.