Lydia Holt holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she studied piano under Steinway Artist Linda Apple Monson and chamber music with Anna Balakerskaia. Lydia was chosen as a featured pianist for the Steinway Grand Piano Celebration at Mason, the School of Music Honors Recital, and Mason’s “Arts by George!”
Lydia’s passion for classical education was honed through earlier study in The Honors College at Houston Baptist University, where she studied with Shannon Hesse and Melissa Marse and graduated with distinctions in musicology and music theory. She has had the opportunity to take part in master classes with Jean Yves-Thibaudet, Mehmet Okonsar, Christina Edelen, and Jane Perkins, and has studied and performed at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, under the tutelage of Jane Magrath. Lydia hails from the glorious countryside of Montgomery Texas, and is particularly passionate about collaborative arts and teaching, in which she has been employed both independently and in the classical education setting in both Texas and Virginia. Her experience varies from directing choirs to teaching group violin classes, from rhapsodizing over the circle of fifths to giving young students basic knowledge of solfege. She particularly enjoys studying hymnody and folk music and understanding their effect in art music and culture, as inspired by her love of the accordion and other folk instruments and her composer-hero Ralph Vaughan-Williams. Her church music horizons have broadened to the East since her recent baptism into the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia at St Jonah’s in Spring, Texas, where she is a member of the choir.
In the small amount of time in which she is not musically involved, Lydia enjoys shuttle tatting, drawing horses, baking pies, enjoying the company of cows, pleasure driving her Norwegian Fjord mare, and attempting to ride side-saddle.