Lydia Emry

Lydia Emry

Instrument: Violin
Experience: I first began learning how to play the violin at Grace United Methodist Church at the age of eight years old. After studying at the church for ten months, I began taking violin lessons at Rhum Academy through Meridith Stewart for about two years. I then switched to Ashley Sashay at the age of ten, and I continued to study under her until the winter of 2016. This following, I began taking lessons on performance under the instructions of Gary Rhum. In these lessons, I learned how to create my own violin solos, create new music by ear, and perfect my performance skills. When I began the sixth grade at Central Middle International School, I discovered that they would be offering an orchestra class. Obviously, I jumped to the opportunity to improve in my violin skills, and I soon became Concert Master of the school’s orchestra after the first three weeks of joining the orchestra. I remained Concert Master from sixth through eighth grade, and I have been Concert Master of the Kokomo High School Orchestra since my freshman year. In February of 2016, I participated for the first time in ISSMA, and received a gold metal for my violin solo. I earned a second gold metal in early 2017 for my solo as well. Those were my first two years of participating in the Solo and Ensemble competition. Moreover, I have performed at countless events around Kokomo, such as: Rhum Fest, Strawberry Fest, the Central Middle International School At Gala, etc.