About Me

Lydia musicSmallErLydia Tang Swada is a freelance violinist/violist based in Urbana, Illinois. She is concurrently pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Viola Performance and a Masters in Library Science with a Certificate in Archives and Special Collections at the University of Illinois. She previously earned her Masters degree in Viola Performance at the University of Illinois in 2011 and studied earlier at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Central Washington University, and the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland.

She is the principal violist of the Urbana Pops Orchestra, Danville Symphony, and the Eastern Illinois Symphony.  She also currently performs with Sinfonia da Camera, Illinois Symphony, Decatur Symphony, and Peoria Symphony and frequently performs at weddings and other special events with the Krannert Quartet.

She teaches violin and viola lessons to students of all ages and abilities in Urbana and Monticello, Illinois.  If you are interested in taking lessons, please fill out this contact form.  Thank you!

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