Taylene Lyon

Vocalist/teacher/conductor, Taylene Lyon, began her musical studies at the age of five when she started taking piano lessons with her mother. She continued being involved with music, joining choirs and studying the flute in her hometown and winning talent competitions in voice and various other awards in flute and piano.

In 1991, she was accepted as a Vocal Performance major at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, where she studied voice lessons with Donald Bell. While attending the University of Calgary, Taylene sang with the Calgary Opera Chorus, the University of Calgary Chamber Choir, Women's Choir, and Jazz Ensemble. She was featured regularly as a soloist in concerts and on CD recordings, and her work with the jazz ensemble sparked her first interest in the style of jazz. Soon afterward, she began performing as the lead vocalist of the Kaos Café Big Band.

Ms. Lyon has been described as a versatile singer with an extensive range. Her ability to spin a lyrical line in a sultry ballad is off-set by a strong sense of swing in her scat singing. Taylene's biggest influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Horn, Bill Evans, and Chet Baker.

Ms. Lyon is currently on staff at the Medicine Hat College Conservatory of Music and Dance teaching private voice lessons in both the jazz and classical style, as well as vocal jazz improvisation. She also conducts the adult and high school jazz choirs, the latter which recently recorded their first CD, "Sweet Sassy Molassy". She performs regularly throughout Alberta both as a classical soloist and with the Taylene Lyon Trio, formed in 1999. The trio has performed at various jazz festivals throughout Alberta and was broadcast on CKUA radio's evening jazz program with Chris Allen. She was described as "a talented up and coming young jazz singer in Canada to watch for".

Taylene is in the process of recording her first CD and currently resides in Medicine Hat, Alberta.