Lydia received her undergraduate degree in Music Performance at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA under the tutelage of Juilliard Quartet's Astrid Schween. She received her title of Master of Music in Cello at Syracuse University's Setnor School of Music. She currently resides in Syracuse, New York, where she lives with local artist Jon Goode and their cat Buddy.
Lydia is Professor of Cello at LeMoyne College. Locally, she has performed with Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, Society for New Music, as well as for the grand opening of the WCNY classical radio station. She is currently a core cellist in Symphoria, CNY's symphony orchestra and a frequent guest with the Binghamton Philharmonic.
She has performed as a soloist with the Cape Cod Symphony and has toured extensively throughout the United States at celebrated venues such as the Chicago Cultural Center and Bonnaroo Music Festival as a long time member of folk-pop band the Parkington Sisters. In those travels, Lydia collaborated with esteemed non-classical musicians such as Bruce Springsteen and the Dropkick Murphys.
An avid performer of new music, she had the opportunity to work alongside and perform with the Kronos Quartet in collaboration with SU Arts Engage. She has premiered works by composers Andy Waggoner, Patrick Doyle and Brent Michael Davids. Most recently she performed in a 30-show production of The Last Five Years directed by Jason Alexander.