Lyle Indergaard, Professor of Piano, holds degrees from Minot State College (B.A.),the University of Wyoming (M.A.), and the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A.). As a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, he was awarded performance diplomas in both solo piano and chamber music from the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik. His teachers include Paul Lyddon, Carl Seemann, Helmut Barth, Rosa Sabater, and Jean Barr, and he has coached with Margo Garrett, Anne Epperson, Malcom Bilson, Roger Vignoles, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, and Hans Leygraf.
Dr. Indergaard has been at Valdosta State University since 1993. His duties have included teaching studio and class piano, accompanying faculty and students, and teaching German diction to singers. At present, he serves as Keyboard Area Chair and Coordinator of Graduate Music Studies. Before coming to Valdosta, he was on the faculty of the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik for ten years as an accompanist and studio piano instructor. During that time, he worked closely with Heinz Holliger, Aurele Nicolet, Dieter Klöcker, Ifor James, and Rainer Kussmaul.
A specialist in collaborative piano, Dr. Indergaard received a Performance Diploma in Chamber Music from the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music. He has done extensive research in the field of German art song and has performed over two hundred collaborative recitals at Valdosta State University. With Dr. Kevin Hampton, Professor of Piano at Armstrong Atlantic State University, Dr. Indergaard has performed numerous piano duet recitals throughout Georgia. The Hampton-Indergaard Piano Duo was featured in a lecture recital at the 2009 Music Teachers’ National Association Conference in Atlanta.
Dr. Indergaard has performed on the lecture recital Music of the Holocaust throughout the United States. This program, presented by noted Holocaust scholar Dr. Susan Eischeid, features music composed at Auschwitz and Theresianstadt, and has been recorded on the CD Mystic Chords of Genocide. Other recent appearances of note include two performances of the Ravel Concerto for the left hand with the Central Florida Symphony and presentations at both the Georgia Music Teachers’ Association and Georgia Music Educators’Association state conferences.
Dr. Indergaard served as the Georgia Music Educators’ Association Piano Division Chair from 2007-09. He has taught piano at the Georgia Governors’ Honors Program since 2003 and has served as GHP Music Department Head since 2006. Dr. Indergaard has adjudicated throughout Georgia and the American Southeast.