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Lydia Miller Choorapuzah

Traditional Strings Faculty

BM Boston University

MM State University of New York at Purchase 

String Faculty, violin

Lydia Miller Choorapuzha continues to earn praise for her work as both a performer and educator. A resident of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Lydia performs regularly with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as a substitute violinist. She is the founder and artistic director of Music on the Hill, a renowned chamber music series in Mankato, Minnesota. Her performances are heard regularly on Minnesota Public Radio. In contrast to her classical performances, Lydia has shared the stage with such icons as Bruce Springsteen, Art Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, and Josh Groban.

As a teacher, her students have not only won jobs in professional orchestras, but have also attended such prestigious universities as Yale and Harvard, pursuing careers in medicine and science. Her teaching philosophy trains not only the fingers and ears, but also the brain in how to think and solve problems in the most efficient way possible, a skill that transfers to every career path.

In recognition of her excellent teaching Lydia was recently invited to join the College of Examiners at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. As an examiner, she travels throughout the US and Canada evaluating the progress of students and providing detailed feedback to students and their teachers. Her own students have been awarded both state and national gold medal awards through the Royal Conservatory's assessment program.

A native of Maryland, Lydia's early training was at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. Her undergraduate degree is from Boston University, where she was a student of Peter Zazofsky, and her master's degree is from the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied with Laurie Smukler. Additionally, Lydia has studied at the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin, in Minneapolis with Jorja Fleezanis, and at Indiana University with Mimi Zweig.

When not working Lydia stays busy with her one-year-old son Mark, her husband Jason, and their two dogs Magnum and Little Bear.