​     A native of Lancaster, Ohio, Lydia Sander is a senior 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 currently studies under Dr. Emely Phelps.  Former teachers include Dr. Christopher Fisher, Dr. Stephanie Wu, and George Haddad, among others.

     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 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 maintains a vibrant piano studio in Lancaster and Athens (ACMS) in addition to currently serving as president of the Ohio University Collegiate Chapter of MTNA.  Ohio University MTNA has been awarded Collegiate Chapter of the Year by MTNA (2019) as well as the Edwin L. Kennedy Award for Outstanding Community Service (organization) by Ohio University (2020). 

     Also a proficient harpist, Lydia has performed as principal harpist for the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra.  Past instructors include Lydia Weaver Haywood and Hee Jin Yoon.  She has been awarded the Certificate of Honor at Bob Jones University Summer Music Camp (harp division, 2011), first place in the CHEO Showcase 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.

     Lydia has served as an Ohio University Presidential Leader since 2019.  The Ohio University Presidential Leadership Society is an elite group 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.