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Music in the hands of an Optimist.

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Photo by Stephanie Tubiolo

Oboist and optimist Lydia Consilvio is a Master of Music candidate studying at the Yale School of Music under Stephen Taylor. As a Rogers Scholar at the Eastman School of Music, she studied with Richard Killmer and received an Arts Leadership Certificate, graduating with high distinction in 2015. Her arts leadership work included an internship with Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, for which she was interviewed by National Public Radio.

A seasoned Boston-area freelancer, Consilvio has appeared as a member of the Videnia Quintet in recital at the Kennedy Center, competed at the renowned Fischoff Competition, and attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in 2016.

Consilvio also attended the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in British Columbia, where she performed a double-oboe concerto alongside the Vancouver Symphony’s Roger Cole. She recorded for Naxos as part of the Yale in New York series, and was nominated to be a fellow for the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. As a member of the Practice Portal team, Lydia is currently developing an online community of musicians who share and improve their practice methods through live stream at

Consilvio’s positive attitude and creative outlook make her an unconventional musician and an easygoing collaborator in both large and small ensembles, and across musical genres. Her instructing style is equally spirited, open-minded, and accessible. In addition to performing and teaching, Lydia enjoys singing, songwriting, and exploring the vast and unusual terrains for the oboe.

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