Tyley first started performing professionally in his early teens while still a student at Canterbury’s school of the Arts. In the years since then, he has been a street busker, a cartoon and voice artist, acted for the small and large screen, performed as a guest soloist with orchestras across North America and has written and recorded two solo albums: Treading Water and Tyley Ross.
After being discovered by Des McAnuff and Pete Townshend in 1994, Tyley was cast in the title role in the Canadian premiere of the Who’s Tommy. He played the role for a year, and won Canada’s Dora Award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical. He spent the next ten years on musical stages across North America, including starring roles at the Shaw and Stratford Festivals and on Broadway.
In 2004 Tyley co-founded the genre-defying East Village Opera Company and spent the next eight years as the group’s male lead-singer. He was signed to Decca/Universal and released three CDs: La Donna, the self-titled East Village Opera Company, and Olde School – for which he was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award in the Classical Crossover Album category. Tyley toured worldwide with EVOC and appeared on many national and international television broadcasts including the 2008 Miss USA Pageant on NBC, and two PBS specials: EVOC live in Saint Louis, and Remember Me – a multi-disciplinary collaboration he co-created with choreographer David Parsons and arranger-vocalist AnnMarie Milazzo.
Aside from his performing activities, Tyley is a professional voice coach. He is a voice instructor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an assistant voice coach at Matilda on Broadway. He has lead voice workshops in Canada, Mexico, the UK, South Korea and throughout the USA. He holds a Master’s Degree in Voice Studies from the University of London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from NYU, and his certificate in Vocology from the University of Iowa. Tyley is a member of NYSTA, the Pan-American Vocology Association, SAG/AFTRA and AEA.
2015 will see Tyley make his return to the theatrical stage in the Broadway debut of Finding Neverland, a new musical directed by Diane Paulus and produced by Harvey Weinstein. Tyley will play the role of Lord Cannan and will understudy the role of J.M. Barrie.
The new year will also begin with the highly anticipated release of his new rock-opera project: ARIA ELECTRONICA – yet another collaboration with AnnMarie Milazzo. REDUX is a collection of ten songs, lushly orchestrated for an electric ensemble. True to form, they continue to push the boundaries of pop, rock and opera.