Olympia “19” Vida is a passionate cellist with a desire to explore all styles of music. As an active chamber musician of the Lamont School of Music, Olympia has been a member of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, the Lamont Opera Orchestra, and several chamber ensembles. Olympia participated in the Modern Hue Ensemble where she was featured as a soloist in a string sextet work titled Arcana by Kevin Puts in February of 2016. In May 2016, Olympia received an award for outstanding performance from the Lamont School of Music for her rendition of Julie McCarthy’s Nocturnal.
Outside of school, Olympia has been a participant of the Manitou Chamber Music Festival for the past three summers. She has had the pleasure of working under Jeri Jorgensen, former first violinist of the Da Vinci Quartet, and Cullen Bryant, world renowned pianist who resides in New York. Olympia’s experience with chamber repertoire roots to early high school, when she was a part of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association. She won the concerto competition with her symphony orchestra on Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody and premiered the work in May of 2014. Olympia was also a part of the Woodrose Strings program where she and her quartet participated in the Pre-College String Quartet Program hosted by the Borromeo String Quartet for several seasons. More recently, Olympia was a guest performer in the Colorado Music Educator’s Conference held in Colorado Springs in January of 2015. Her orchestral experience expands to the Colorado All State Orchestra and the Western States Honor Orchestra Festival, having attended both in 2015.
Olympia is currently attending the University of Denver to complete her Bachelors of Music degree in cello performance under the guidance of Matthew Zalkind. Her previous teachers include Nancy Snustad, Linda Johnson, and Ed Deepe. Olympia hopes to expand her musical talents to folk, jazz, and other worldly studies.