Andrew J. Lyon

President, The Circle City Chamber Group
Music Director & Conductor, The CCCG Chamber Orchestra


Maestro Lyon is the subject for the featured article by acclaimed critic Rita Kohn in the February 16, 2011 issue of NUVO Newsweekly - Indianapolis' top arts & entertainment publication for over 20 years!!

Andrew J. Lyon currently holds the posts of Music Director and Conductor of the Circle City Chamber Group – a 501(c)(3) arts organization he founded, focused on bringing together the best of Indianapolis’ visual, culinary, and musical artists, while working to cultivate a new audience for the arts community.  Recent guest conducting appearances have included Philadelphia, Ukraine’s National House of Organ and Chamber Music (Kiev), and Washington, D.C.’s Great Noise Ensemble.  Engagements in 2012 include Hartford (CT), Las Vegas and more.

Before these posts, Lyon served as the Assistant Conductor of the Butler University Symphony Orchestra (Indianapolis).  At this post, he worked as rehearsal/cover conductor for the orchestra’s various ballet, orchestra, and theatre productions. 

Lyon received his Master of Music degree from Butler while studying with Butler Symphony Music Director Richard Auldon Clark.  During his time on campus, Lyon appeared as guest conductor with the Butler Symphony Orchestra and Jordan College of Fine Arts Composers Orchestra.  He also conducted for various students’ composition recitals, before producing and directing the “Composers Showcase” (a concert featuring music written by select students of Butler’s graduate composition program) and the university's first-ever, fully staged theatrical performance of Igor Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du Soldat" (for which he also served as theatrical director).  A proponent for today’s composers and tomorrow’s masterworks, Lyon programmed and conducted the world premiere performances of over a dozen works while at Butler.

Prior to his arrival in Indianapolis, Lyon spent time in Las Vegas, NV where guest appearances included performances at the Las Vegas Music Festival, with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and with The High Desert Winds (horn ensemble).  Working with the Las Vegas Philharmonic included being Musical Assistant for Television Production.  Conducting teachers in Las Vegas included Takayoshi “Tad” Suzuki, Music Director, “TAD” Orchestra [Japan], and Harold Weller, Music Director Laureate, The Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Born in Chicago on December 31, 1976, Mr. Lyon earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Performance degree from Illinois State University (Normal, IL) while studying saxophone performance with Jim Boitos.  Workshop and seminar experience afforded Lyon the opportunity to study under such noted conductors as Victor Yampolsky, Kirk Trevor, Marious Smolij, Mallory Thompson, Don Owens, and Stephen Petterson.  Traveling to other cities to attend workshops and clinics afforded him the opportunity to work with David Epstein, Paul Vermeel, Brian Priestman, Kenneth Klein, and Lawrence Leighton Smith.

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