A native of Lancaster, Ohio, Lydia Sander is a junior piano performance/pedagogy major in the Honors Tutorial College and School of Music at Ohio University where she is pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. Lydia is a student of Dr. Christopher Fisher, with whom she has studied since 2012. Former teachers include Prof. George Haddad, Ruth Manahan, John Funk, and Kathryn Rarick.
Throughout her years of studying piano, Lydia has performed as a solo artist in various competitions, recitals, churches, and special events in addition to collaborating with instrumentalists, vocalists, choirs, and dancers. Recent artistic achievements include performing as collaborative pianist for the Ohio University Women’s Ensemble since 2018 and being awarded first place in the 2020 OMTA Graves Adult Piano Duet/Duo competition with duo partner, Olivia Connors. Lydia maintains a vibrant piano studio in Lancaster and Athens (ACMS) and serves as board secretary/communications chair for the Ohio University Collegiate Chapter of MTNA, who was awarded Collegiate Chapter of the Year at the 2019 National Conference in Spokane, Washington.
Lydia is honored to be selected to the Ohio University Presidential Leadership Society for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Presidential Leaders are an elite society of student volunteers who give their time and talents to advance the priorities and initiatives of President Nellis. These premiere students are loyal Bobcats and role models who represent the very best Ohio University has to offer.
Also a proficient harpist, Lydia has performed as principle harpist for the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra. Past instructors include Lydia Weaver Haywood and Hee Jin Yoon. She has been awarded Certificate of Honor at Bob Jones University Summer Music Camp (harp division, 2011), CHEO Showcase Winner of the Instrument Division (harp, 2011), and first place in the Apprentice category of the U.S. National Scottish Harp Championship (2010). Notable performances include The Cardinal Health Orchestra, NPAC's 2018 production of The Fantasticks, The Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution conferences and events, and The Lancaster Celtic Festival.