Piano, Oboe and GLEE began playing piano at age three and started accompanying her peers in the middle and high school choruses, as well as performing in various recitals and the New York State Music Association Solo festival. At age 12 she started learning the oboe and hasn’t been able to put it down since. At age 15, she was the youngest first place winner of the James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Concerto Competition, and was given the opportunity to give three performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 with the Orchestra of Northern New York. She then returned to the competition the next year, this time with oboe, and again won first place, honored with two performances of Haydn’s Oboe Concerto.
Lillia studied at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam for dual Bachelor of Music degrees in Musical Studies and Oboe Performance, concentrating in piano pedagogy. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Oboe Performance at DePaul University, studying with renowned oboist Alex Klein. She is now a freelance oboist and pianist in the area playing with various groups including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Wisconsin Philharmonic, and Fifth Wave Collective.
Lillia is a supportive and enthusiastic teacher who believes that music is found in every person and can be celebrated through many different techniques. Her standards are high for her students, with goals set to build skills in technique, musicality, theory, and composition/improvisation. She believes each student has an individual learning process and builds these goals based on the uniqueness they possess in a manner that celebrates and encourages each students’ strengths.
Outside of music, Lillia likes to paint her favorite sunset scenes, read books, go hiking, and practice latte art.