A native of Lancaster, Ohio, Lydia Sander is currently studying piano pedagogy and performance at Texas Christian University as a graduate teaching assistant. Throughout her years of studying piano, Lydia has performed as a solo artist in various competitions, recitals, churches, and special events, also collaborating with instrumentalists, vocalists, choirs, and dancers. Recent 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 has held vibrant piano studios in both Lancaster and Athens, Ohio and has served in multiple leadership positions during her undergraduate career.
Also a proficient harpist, Lydia has been bestowed multiple awards and 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 holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Ohio University Honors Tutorial College as well as the Ohio University Certificate in Entrepreneurship. Former applied piano instructors include Dr. Emely Phelps, Dr. Christopher Fisher, and Dr. Stephanie Wu.