Dr. Stephen Lytle, Conductor

Stephen Lytle is the Director of Athletic Bands at Miami University where he leads the Miami University Marching Band and oversees all aspects of the Athletic Bands program. Additionally, he serves as Conductor of the Symphony Band and teaches courses in the instrumental music education curriculum. Dr. Lytle holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His doctoral studies at CCM included significant editorial work with the Moravian Music Foundations archives of the repertoire of the 26th N.C. Regimental Band (CSA) rendering modern performance editions of rare 19th century brass band music from the Civil War. Dr. Lytle also serves as the Associate Conductor of the Fillmore Wind Band, a select adult wind ensemble in the Cincinnati region. This ensemble will be performing in June, 2014 at the International Women’s Brass Conference at Northern Kentucky University.

Prior to his arrival at Miami, Dr. Lytle served as Acting Assistant Director of Bands at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was the music director of the 300-member Marching Tar Heels and Conductor of the Symphony Band. He also served as Director of the Women’s Basketball Pep Band through their 2008 Sweet 16 appearance. Dr. Lytle also spent eleven years as a public school music teacher in North Carolina. In 2004 he led the East Chapel Hill High Orchestra in a performance at the North Carolina Music Educators convention and in 2005 hosted the Marcus Roberts Trio in a six-week residency with his jazz program.

Dr. Lytle is an active music arranger with nearly 200 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. His editions of selected repertoire from the archives of the famed 26th North Carolina Regiment band were created under the guidance of the Moravian Music Foundation and have been performed by the noted period instrument ensemble, “Saxton’s Cornet Band.” Under his direction, the Miami Band has performed with jazz legend, Benny Golson, appeared in the 2010 Frozen Four, the 2010 GoDaddy.com Bowl and the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Dr. Lytle’s professional associations include College Band Directors’ National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and MENC: 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.