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Music in the hands of an Optimist.

Oboist, singer/songwriter, and former featured artist of the Terrapin Record Label, Lydia Rose Consilvio has been singing for as long as she has been speaking. She started her musical training with eleven years of piano lessons starting in the second grade. As a classical piano pupil, she had an affinity for jazz (just like her grandfather, reed player of the Temperance Seven, and pianist/composer great-grandfather Bert Whittam). She surprised audiences as a little girl when she would perform ragtime numbers with criss-crossed hands. Lydia has been known to tend towards the unexpected.

Lydia began playing the oboe in seventh grade and has continued to pursue it professionally at Eastman, Yale, and now UMD. She was a soprano in the Christ Church Schola Cantorum while attending Eastman.

Lydia started writing songs in high school and had the opportunity to perform one of them for distinguished songwriter Kara DioGuardi in 2015. She was recognized as a semifinalist in the Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards and received Honorable Mention in UMD’s State Song Lyric Competition in 2018 and 2019. She received the Express Yourself Award and Provost Award at the University of Maryland for her song original song, “Give Us Your Vote,” which was recognized for its relevance, clarity, engagement, effectiveness, courage, and sensitivity.

Lydia performed her song “Craving a Heartbreak” with rapper Konshens the MC in a live show at One Love Massive HQ in 2018. She has since performed sets at MilkBoy ArtHouse, the Maryland Food Co-op in Stamp Union at UMD, and the College Park Outdoor Performance Series. Future engagements include the Town Center Market Summer Patio Concert Series on July 17th and a Saturday at Vigilante Coffee Company.

Lydia is currently producing an album which she plans to release in 2021. Her compositions explore elements of minimalism, jazz, classical, bluegrass, and pop. A distinct feature of her music is the use of oboe and English horn as an underlying texture in the sound. Sometimes she uses an electronic loop station to accompany herself while performing.

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