A native of Ohio, Lydia Sander currently resides in Texas where she is pursuing a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy at Texas Christian University, studying applied piano with Harold Martina. Highlighted artistic achievements include performing as collaborative pianist with the Ohio University Women’s Ensemble at OMEA (2020) and being awarded first place in the 2020 OMTA Graves Adult Piano Duet/Duo competition with duo partner, Olivia Connors.
Lydia is a member of MTNA, actively involved in collegiate chapter activities and presentations. In addition to her graduate pedagogy assistantship, she maintains a virtual studio of private students from across the United States as well as in-person locally with Parker Piano Studios. She has performed as a solo artist in various competitions, recitals, churches, and special events, also collaborating with instrumentalists, vocalists, choirs, and dancers. During her undergraduate career at Ohio University, while teaching private students throughout Southeast Ohio, Lydia served in leadership positions within multiple university organizations.
Alongside her passions for pedagogy and collaboration, Lydia is enthusiastic about composition and arranging. Her debut arrangements can be found in the recently published The Joy of Hymns book 1, a collection comprised of elementary student/teacher arrangements. The Joy of Hymns book 1 is the first in a hymn series project published by Piano Safari. This foray into the realm of composition and arranging excites Lydia to share more of her completed works in future publications.
Also a proficient harpist, Lydia has been awarded multiple honors for her performances. Notable engagements include collaborations with The Ohio University Symphony Orchestra, The Cardinal Health Orchestra, NPAC's 2018 production of The Fantasticks, as well as performances for The Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution conferences and events and The Lancaster Celtic Festival.
Lydia graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Ohio University Honors Tutorial College as well as the Ohio University Certificate in Entrepreneurship. Former piano instructors include Dr. Emely Phelps, Dr. Christopher Fisher, and Dr. Stephanie Wu.