Pianist Lydia Brown, who was named collaborative piano chair in 2018, has achieved a wide-ranging career in opera, recital, and chamber music. She holds a DMA from Juilliard and earned piano degrees from Eastman School of Music and Yale University. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she has served regularly as an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera since 2005 and at San Francisco Opera since 2011. Brown has also enjoyed long relationships with Spoleto Festival USA and Gotham Chamber Opera and has overseen the vocal program at the Marlboro Music Festival and School since 2006. Her recital appearances include the Salle Cortot, Grace Rainey Rogers auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Phillips Gallery, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Her previous faculty positions include Yale and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.