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Music in the hands of an Optimist.

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Photo by Stephanie Tubiolo

Oboist Lydia Consilvio’s fearless composure has been described as, "making the impossible seem easy." An avid chamber musician, she has appeared on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center with her ensembles, as well as the Fischoff Competition, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute.

Lydia holds degrees from the Yale (MM) and Eastman (BM) Schools of Music and is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Maryland with a fellowship wind quintet, the Wavelength Winds. Her primary teachers include Richard Killmer, Stephen Taylor, and Mark Hill.

Lydia enjoys playing new music as well as unearthing older works. She premiered Hannah Lash’s Requiem with the Yale Choral Artists and recorded the work for Naxos; the Agnus Dei is an exposed trio between Lydia on English horn, Hannah Lash on harp, and tenor Eric Brenner. Lydia spent a summer at the Atlantic Music Festival where she collaborated with composers who have since written for her and Wavelength. In 2018, Wavelength worked directly with world renowned composer and pianist Fazil Say and presented his quintet at the Phillips Collection. Lydia also performed the Albinoni double-oboe concerto alongside the Vancouver Symphony’s Roger Cole at the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in British Columbia.

A seasoned Boston-area freelancer, Lydia has played with the Rochester (NY) Chamber Orchestra and in venues across France, Germany, and Luxembourg. She was a semifinalist in the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition in New York.

Lydia served as the Marshal for the Master of Music candidates at her Commencement from Yale in 2017, a reflection of her artistic and academic achievements: 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. Lydia 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 received an Arts Leadership Certificate and graduated as a Rogers Scholar from Eastman 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.

Lydia’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. She spent her summer of 2018 at the National Orchestra Institute + Festival and the Vermont Mozart Festival. Her current projects include collaborations with rapper Konshens the MC in a fusion of hip-hop and classical music, Avant Projekts which bridges the gap between digital consumers and live performing arts, and producing her first album of singing/songwriting.

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