The versatile flutist Cheryl Pyle received her BA in Music from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976, having received her Associates Degree from Mesa College in 1974. Her teachers included Merrill Jordan, Janet Maestre, Francis Watson, and Jayn Rosenfeld. She took Master classes with Jean-Pierre Rampal
. She possesses an extensive classical solo repertoire and was a member of the school's orchestra whilst at Berkeley.
From 1975 to 1976 she served as musical director of the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, and she has performed in orchestras for over half a dozen musical theater productions. From 1977 to 1980 she was on the faculty at Berkeley as a flute teacher in the jazz department and taught at the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont from 1993 to 1996. While at Berkeley, Ms. Pyle was the principal flutist in the University Jazz Ensemble. This group appeared at the Pacific Coast Jazz Festival where they played with major artists like Sonny Rollins
. They also performed at the 1976 Concord Jazz Festival.
After graduation, she performed extensively in the San Francisco area, where she was a performing member of the Loft Jazz Association. She played with many notable Bay area musicians, including Bishop Norman Williams, Susan Muscarella, Bruce Forman, and Jessica Williams
Since moving to New York in the fall of 1980, Ms. Pyle has been heard in a variety of settings. She has appeared at jazz clubs such as the Blue Note, Jazz Forum, Seventh Avenue South, Angry Squire, Kave Haz, The Garage, Cornelia Street Cafe, CBGB's Art Gallery, St. Peter's Church, Amazonas, Fat Baby's, Bar on A, Abc no Rio, Brecht Forum, Sycamore, Zirzamin, Frost Gallery, and Birdland. She was also heard at the Annual Women's Jazz Festival as well as the Mount Vernon Jazz Festival in New York. She is a member of the World Flute Orchestra and NY Jazz Flutet. Her jazz composition, "Dalle Alle," was awarded in 1989 by the Billboard Song Contest, and her lyrics have received numerous poetry awards like the Gold Poet Award in 1989 and 1990. Singers like Janis Siegel
have all recorded her lyrics. Her lyrics have been recorded on Atlantic, Justin Time, Muse, and Concord records. She has performed her solo flute compositions at Kitty Brazelton's Real Music Festival in 1993 and continues to compose works for jazz flute. In 1996, she performed in the opera premier of The Other Wiseman by Stephanie de Kennessey with the Golden Fleece Opera Company in New York. Her first classical recording was the Frostiana song cycle with composer, Randall Thompson conducting and Pyle as flute soloist.
Pyle has performed and played with such fine musicians as Joe Lovano