May Lyon (b. 1979) is a Melbourne composer whose compositions range from smaller vocal and chamber ensembles, electroacoustic, to larger works for orchestra. Composition is a second career for Lyon, who went back to university to study music in 2008 after working as a bookkeeper. In school, Lyon studied piano up to grade three, and sung in the Australian Children's Choir for seven years. Apart from this, Lyon's musical tastes were mostly dictated by her parent's record collections, 80's Gold FM and 90's Triple J. This varied musical taste has meant that her compositional style can be quite eclectic, with several diverse projects always put away for the future.
At present Lyon is in the early stages of a one act chamber opera about a woman diagnosed Alzheimer's Disease. The opera will be premiered in 2018 by More Than Opera, with Musical Director Alan Cook. Lyon is completing her Master of Music at the University of Melbourne as a recipient of the Fay Marles Scholarship, under the guidance of Dr Katy Abbott Kvasnica.
In 2017 Lyon was a participant in the Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program, working with Brenton Broadstock OA. 2016-17 Lyon received several commissions, including composing for Syzygy Ensemble as part of the Melbourne Recital Centre's "Local Heroes" program, Ensemble Goldentree, and The Glen Johnston Composition Award. Lyon received several scholarships during her undergraduate studies, including the Adolf Spivakovsky Scholarship for Composition of Music for verse re-rhymes, which was premiered by Ensemble 21 in August 2010. Lyon completed her BMus Honours in 2014 having studied with Dr Stuart Greenbaum, Dr Elliott Gyger, and Dr Andrian Pertout.
Recent performances and collaborations have been with Ensemble Goldentree, violinist Kat Tsyrlin, Zelman Symphony Orchestra, Syzygy Ensemble, Melbourne Women’s Choir, multi-arts organisation Forest Collective and vocal group Icon Trio. In October 2014 May’s first orchestral work, Orchestral Equations, was work-shopped and recorded by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ben Northey.
In 2017 Lyon tutored both Composition and Music Language 1 at the University of Melbourne.
In 2013 - 2014 Lyon was the residential Music Tutor at International House, a college associated with The University of Melbourne. May taught music theory and composition, vocal coaching, and assisted with the regular music events. As well as music May also taught subjects in literature and anthropology.
In 2011 Lyon was vocal coach for Croydon Secondary College's performance of High School Musical. As well as one on one vocal coaching, May took all vocal ensembles and prepared several arrangements to suit the students' abilities.