Although he taught voice, music theory and history, he was best known for his Men’s Glee Clubs.
Born in Illinois in 1904, Lyle W. Moore graduated from Eureka College in 1928. Shortly after that he came to Spokane and began his long career with Gonzaga University. While at Gonzaga, the Men’s Glee Clubs he directed performed in such venues as Spokane’s Post Street Theater, the War Memorial in San Francisco and in high schools and churches throughout the Northwest during the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s.
Professor Moore received his master’s degree in music from Columbia University in the early 1930’s. He later added a doctorate of letters to that, upon his retirement from Gonzaga in 1970. During his 42 year tenure at Gonzaga, his career in music was interrupted by his service as a flyer in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1946.
Returning to Gonzaga after WWII, Moore picked up the baton and directed his Glee Club men in such prestigious events as the Fred-Waring Sacred Heart competition and an appearance on the Bing Crosby radio show. As a teacher of voice, Moore trained and directed nationally renowned soloists Anthony Pinski, Tom Skeffington, Bryon Swanson, Josephine Rangan, Margel Ayers, Shirley Curtis, Conrad Walla, Alan Scott, Jack Bedient, and Donald Laver.
Lyle was held in high regard by his former students and many friends in the Spokane community and throughout the country that enjoyed the concerts he directed over the many years. In 1997, these friends established an endowed scholarship to honor Lyle W. Moore, teacher, leader, and friend. They say that Moore instilled the following virtues in them: Focus, Concentration, Discipline, Preparation, Confidence, and Conviction. Their wish is that Moore’s legacy continues to touch Gonzaga students’ lives through this scholarship. The first awards from this scholarship were given in 1998-99.
(*Photo: Lyle Moore June 1981. Photo Credit: Paul McNabb)