Boston-based oboist Dr. Lydia Rose Consilvio has a fearless composure that has been described as, "making the impossible seem easy." An avid chamber musician, she has appeared on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, the Fischoff Competition, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival with her ensembles. As a member of a band called Classically Dope, an ensemble that fuses hip-hop and classical music featuring rapper Konshens the MC, she performed at the Anthem in D.C. and also opened for Yo-Yo Ma and Esperanza Spalding in an outreach concert.
Lydia holds degrees from the University of Maryland (DMA), Yale (MM), and Eastman (BM) Schools of Music, her primary teachers including Mark Hill, Stephen Taylor, and Richard Killmer. She was part of a fellowship wind quintet for two years at UMD.
Lydia premiered Hannah Lash’s Requiem with the Yale Choral Artists and recorded the work for Naxos. She has also commissioned many new works for oboe and for woodwind quintet through composer colleagues who she met at the Atlantic Music Festival and beyond. Lydia has played with the Annapolis (MD) Symphony, the Rochester (NY) Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, and she 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 creative artist, Lydia has experimented with playing the oboe with a loop station and writing her own music as a singer/songwriter with the use of oboe and English horn as an underlying texture. Lydia’s doctoral dissertation is a publication and recording of her own double reed arrangements of keyboard works by Bach, a reimagination which will be released later this year, featuring UMD faculty members Mark Hill on oboe and Joseph Grimmer on bassoon. They were invited to perform these arrangements at the International Double Reed Society conference in 2020.
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, which included a fellowship at the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism in San Francisco and involvement with a startup at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. She 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.