Debbie Lyle is the Director of Instrumental Music at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia where she conducts five levels of orchestra grades five through twelve, is founder and director of the Arcata Summer Strings Camp, and President of the Board of the Foundation for the Advancement of String Education (FASE, Inc). A specialist in the Bornoff approach to string education, Debbie loves to discuss all things pedagogical and work with other teachers to find innovative ways to reach students of every age and ability.
Debbie Lyle is a highly skilled and passionate teacher of the Bornoff Method. Her ability to explain the process of the method and how best to use it in your classroom is inspirational. She has a wonderful and open personality that inspires passion in her students. Debbie is clear and concise in her directions for approaching the Bornoff Method in different situations and with different populations of students. She quickly makes accessible all of the materials so that teachers can adopt the method with ease. – Lisa Lanzkron-Tamarzo
Formerly Chair of the Fine Arts Department and Orchestra Director at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in MN, Debbie founded the SSM Jazz String Festival, and took her groups to participate as a “wire choir” to jazz band festivals in the Mid-West, coming away with honors such as one of the “Top Big Bands” at the University of Mary Jazz Festival in North Dakota. Also while in Minnesota, Debbie was the principal conductor for the Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestra and the Cannon Valley Youth Orchestras, Newsletter Editor for the American String Teachers Minnesota Chapter’s quarterly magazine, and co-founder of the Minnesota Youth Orchestra Festivals.
“I AM ALL SMILES! This year, my beginning string students have the best tone I’ve heard in my classroom in a long time! After studying the Bornoff Approach with Debbie Lyle, I started my students with whole bows in early September. There is a marked difference in their tone production. Another Bornoff bonus for my violin and viola players is the use of fourth finger. One beginning violinist said, “I can’t play Ode to Joy” with my open A, I have to use the fourth finger!” I’ve never heard that in my classroom before!” –Debbie Trowbridge: Orchestra Director, The Nokesville School, Prince William County, VA
Debbie has been a clinician for and presented student ensembles in performance for many colleges and string education conferences and workshops, most notably:
- Arizona ASTA Chapter Fall Conference – Principal Clinician, 2016
- National ASTA Conferences: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Oregon Music Educators Association Conference: 2014
- Pacific University Sponsored Bornoff Workshop: 2013
- Virginia Music Educators Association Convention: Hot Springs, VA 2008
- Institute for Innovation in String Education: Sedona, AZ, 2001
- International Association of Jazz Educators World Conference: New Orleans, 2000
- Music Educators National Bi-Annual Conference: Washington, DC, 2000
- Music Teachers National Association Annual Conference: Los Angeles, CA 1999
- International String Workshops: Biarritz, France 1998
- American String Teachers Association Annual State Conventions: MN and MO, 1997
Debbie received a 1998 DownBeat Magazine Award as director of the “Best Classical Chamber Ensemble,” and the MN ASTA’s “Meritorious Orchestra Program Award” 1999. She has collaborated with both classical and jazz musicians on behalf of her students and her groups have worked with top musicians such as Eiji Oue and the Ahn Trio. Debbie’s ensembles have also had pieces arranged and composed for them by well-known musicians such as jazz violinist Randy Sabien, jazz bassist/vocalist Kristin Korb, and Mark Summer, cellist for the world-renown Turtle Island Quartet.