Lee Hyla, a prizewinning American composer and music professor of Polish descent, was born on 31 August 1952 in Niagara Falls, NY and grew up in Greencastle. He studied at New England Conservatory and SUNY Stony Brook.
His music includes Field Guide (2006), Polish Folk Songs (2007) and My Life on the Plains (2010). He was commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, Midori and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and recorded on the Avant, CRI, New World, Nonesuch and Tzadik labels.
He taught at the New England Conservatory (1992-2007) and then from 2007 at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, where he held the Wyatt chair of music theory and composition.
He died on 6 June 2014 in Chicago, aged sixty-one.