- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Lee Hyla (HY’-luh), a Northwestern University professor and contemporary music composer, has died in Chicago at age 62.

The university announced his death in a news release Tuesday after hearing the news from Hyla’s wife, Katherine Desjardins. The university gave no cause of death in making the announcement.

Hyla composed for artists such as the Kronos Quartet, Midori and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His music has been recorded on labels including Nonesuch, New World, Avant, Tzadik and CRI.

At Northwestern, he held the Wyatt Chair in Music Theory and Composition. Bienen School of Music Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery says Hyla was an inspirational teacher and an award-winning composer who commanded respect from the professional musical community.

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