The American lutist and conductor asnd teacher, Lyle Nordstrom, is professor of music history and director of early music at the University of North Texas. Before coming to UNT in fall 2000, he was music department head at Clayton College and State University in Morrow, GA, and head of the early music program. He also taught lute at the Indiana University Early Music Institute and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He recently was honored by Early Music America with the Thomas Binkley award for outstanding achievements in early music ensembles at the collegiate level.
Lyle Nordstrom's performances also have received international attention. He is founder and co-director of "The Musicians of Swanne Alley," the well-known Elizabethan music ensemble with whom he has recorded on the Virgin Classics, Harmonia Mundi and Focus labels. With that ensemble and others he has performed several times at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, the Bath Festival, several times on "St. Paul Sunday", as well as German, Danish, French and English radio and television. His arrangements of music for Swanne Alley were used in the MGM movie Rob Roy. Nordstrom also is founder and artistic director of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra that performs throughout the Southeast.
In addition to his performances and recordings, Lyle Nordstrom has published several articles on lute-related subjects, and written a book on the 16th-century wire-strung bandora. He is editor of the Lute Society of America Scholarly Editions project. He is past president of the Atlanta Early Music Alliance.