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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 first year doctoral student and Woodwind Quintet Fellow at the University of Maryland, where she studies with Mark Hill. She spent the summer of 2017 as a resident artist at the Atlantic Music Festival.

Consilvio graduated with her Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music under Stephen Taylor. She served as the Marshal for the Master of Music candidates at Commencement, a reflection of her artistic and academic achievements while attending Yale: In 2016, Lydia was nominated to attend the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, an all-paid trip to San Francisco where she where she wrote and workshopped performance reviews with esteemed music critics. Simultaneously, she and a team of four other Yale colleagues were awarded a $1,000 grant from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute to launch their startup, an online community of musicians who could share and improve their practice methods through live stream. Earlier in the year, Consilvio recorded for Naxos as part of the Yale in New York series, and she competed in the semifinals at the Fischoff Competition as a member of the Videnia Quintet.

The Videnia Quintet was given the opportunity to present an hour-long recital on the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center in 2015. The ensemble spent their summer of 2016 at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute. Earlier that summer, Lydia 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. Consilvio was the grateful recipient of the 2017 Philip Francis Nelson Prize at Yale, which went to "a student whose musicianship is outstanding and who demonstrates curiosity, talent, and the entrepreneurial spirit in many dimensions of the music profession."

Lydia completed her Bachelor’s degree as a Rogers Scholar at the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, 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, Lydia has also played with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and looks forward to exploring the musical scene in Washington, D.C. with her recently acquired vintage English horn and upcoming rosewood oboe, both hand-crafted by Laubin. In October, she will be competing in the semifinals of the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition in New York.

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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