University of St. Thomas
Office Location: Brady Educational Center lower level 5 A
A native of Severna Park, Maryland, Lydia Miller began playing violin at the early age of five. Her talent and
enthusiasm for the instrument resulted in a scholarship to study at the preparatory division of the Peabody
Conservatory in Baltimore, where she learned from world-renowned musicians during her seven years there.
Ms. Miller is, however, a scholar as well as a performer. She attended Boston University on a merit scholarship
where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in the history and literature of music.
There she studied with Peter Zazofsky, first violinist of the Muir String Quartet. In the spring of 2002, Ms.
Miller traveled abroad to Berlin, Germany, where she studied German language, history, and literature at the
Freie Universitaet and violin at the Hochschule der Kunst, as a student of Rainer Kimstedt. In the spring of
2006 she completed her master’s degree in violin performance at the State University of New York College at
Purchase, where she was a scholarship recipient and the teaching assistant for Laurie Smukler, founding member
of the Mendelssohn Quartet. Ms. Miller moved to the Twin Cities in the fall of 2006 to work more closely with
her mentor Jorja Fleezanis, former Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra.
Ms. Miller has played with such orchestras as the American Composers Orchestra, the Long Island
Philharmonic, the Westchester Philharmonic, the Hawaii Symphony and the World Symphony Orchestra, and
has shared the stage with such artists as singing legend Art Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, and Josh Groban. Her
performance schedule has also taken her to concert halls in Canada, Iceland, Scotland, England, Germany, and
Ms. Miller was appointed Concertmaster of the Mankato Symphony in 2007. She is the founder and Artistic
Director of Music on the Hill, a chamber music series in Mankato, MN. Around the Twin Cities she can be
heard with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, as a substitute musician with the Minnesota Orchestra, and in
various chamber music and solo recital performances. She teaches violin at Minnesota State University Mankato,
the University of St. Thomas, and at her home studio in Minneapolis. Her students have won competitions,
many have earned positions with the MYS and GTCYS youth orchestras as well as the All-State Orchestra, and
most recently her students were awarded Concertmaster, second, and fourth chairs with the Ordway Honors
Orchestra. Lydia lives in Minneapolis with her fiance Jason and her adoring and adorable maltese, Magnum.