lydia-grayLydia Gray, Voice and Piano

Lydia Gray obtained her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Oklahoma, and her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at Florida State University. She has performed with Cimarron Opera, Tallahassee Ballet, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska, the Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, the Le Chiavi di Bel Canto institute in Houston, and Quincy Music Theatre in Florida. Throughout her collegiate career, she had the opportunity to work with legends Marilyn Horne, Ruth Ann Swenson, Carlisle Floyd and Ricky Ian Gordon.

An accomplished pianist,  she has accompanied extensively at the collegiate level and for ballet companies such as the Tulsa Ballet and University of Oklahoma School of Dance. A two-time former Miss Broken Arrow, she won multiple talent awards from the Miss Oklahoma Pageant organization in both piano and voice. Other awards and honors include: 1st place- Hyechka Club of Tulsa collegiate vocal scholarship, 2nd place Graduate Women in the Southeastern region NATS competition, 2nd place in the Ladies Music Club of OKC auditions and the Doc Tate Nevaqua award for Native American students in fine arts. She was also a recipient of the Leslie N. Wilson Minority Fellowship at Florida State University.

Lydia is teaching as an adjunct voice professor at Oral Roberts University, after spending her second summer teaching piano and voice at Belvoir Terrace, a performing arts camp for girls in the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts. The joy of helping another person discover their unique musical gifts is a beautiful undertaking, one in which she finds great delight. As a developing singer and artist herself, she has found that her music teachers throughout the years have been some of the greatest influences in her life. The personal connections she shared with them have informed the way she approaches teaching. Her ultimate hope is to prove worthy of each student’s trust as she helps them explore such a special part of themselves that may be used their whole life long! In her free time, Lydia takes ballet and flamenco, and loves to read and work out.

  • Education data on more that 25,000 secondary students reveals that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show “significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12.”

    – Source: Catterall, James S., Richard Chapleau, and John Iwanaga. “Involvement in the Arts and Human Development: General Involvement and Intensive Involvement in Music and Theatre Arts,” 1999 Retrieved December 13, 2011 from the NAMM Foundation Web site. [/quote]