Lydia Lee Villarreal

Second Violin

Year you joined the ECSO2005

Lydia earned her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Her love for music began at a young age in South Korea, where she started piano lessons at the age of five. She was introduced to the violin at age 10, when she heard Sarah Chang perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto at the Hollywood Bowl and fell in love with the violin. Since moving to Connecticut in 2005, she has been a member of the Waterbury Symphony and New Britain Symphony, performed chamber music with the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and taught violin/viola lessons. Lydia holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate degree in nurse anesthesia practice from Yale-New Haven Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia/Central Connecticut State University. Currently, she practices as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, Connecticut.

Hidden talent:Arts and Crafts

Favorite musical memory: Performing Barber’s Adagio for Strings with Newman Smith High School (Carrollton, TX) Symphonic Orchestra for the first time at age 14—it was magic.

Favorite composers:Beethoven and Tchaikovsky