Laura Lydy is a Continuing Lecturer in guitar studies at IPFW where she teaches applied guitar and directs the IPFW guitar ensemble. In addition to working with the department's guitar students, she teaches general education courses: Introduction to Musical Expression and Music for the Listener.
Ms. Lydy received her Bachelor of Science in Music from IPFW, and a Masters of Music in Guitar Performance from Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music in Bloomington, IN. While attending Indiana University, Ms. Lydy studied with renowned classical guitar virtuoso Ernesto Bitetti and early music scholar Thomas Binkley. In addition to her studies, she co-founded and directed Indiana University’s Young Guitarists Program. Ms. Lydy has also studied with American concert artists Michael Newman and Sharon Isbin.
In 2007, Ms. Lydy served as festival director for the 15th Annual Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival, hosted by the IPFW Department of Music. Ms. Lydy is also an active musician in the community. She is the proprietor of Indiana Guitar Studio. The studio provides a platform for the community to receive quality guitar instruction, and to develop and acquire an appreciation and awareness of the arts. Students studying at the studio may pursue a wide variety of playing styles or may prepare for college auditions. Ms. Lydy also performs regularly as a free-lance musician in a wide variety of venues.