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Music in the hands of an Optimist.

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Photo by Stephanie Tubiolo

Oboist Lydia Rose 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, the Fischoff Competition, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute. She is a member of a band called Classically Dope, an ensemble that fuses hip-hop and classical music featuring rapper Konshens the MC. They recently performed at the Anthem in D.C. and opened for the National Symphony Orchestra. In the past, they opened for Yo-Yo Ma and Esperanza Spalding in an outreach concert and have made several TV appearances.

Lydia holds degrees from the Yale (MM) and Eastman (BM) Schools of Music and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland. 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 music for her and her chamber groups. She was a part of the Fellowship Wind Quintet at UMD from 2017-2019 called Wavelength Winds. 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.

During her final year at the University of Maryland, Lydia will be a Chamber Music Teaching Assistant, which involves facilitating over 35 chamber groups and 15 faculty coaches. She is currently working on her dissertation, which is to publish and record her own arrangements of works by Bach. Her recital premiering these arrangements will take place on Friday, November 1st at 5pm in Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes) at UMD, featuring faculty members Mark Hill on oboe and Joey Grimmer on bassoon. Lydia is also working toward producing her first album of singing/songwriting.

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