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Dr. Lydia Bechtel

Dr. Lydia Bechtel


Joined Northwest in 2020

Adjunct Professor


  • DMA in Vocal Performance and MM in Musicology from University of Missouri-Kansas City; MM in Vocal Performance from Colorado State University; BM in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma State University

Academic Interests

  • Diversity and inclusion practices in art song repertoire
  • Life and works of Pauline Viardot

Scholarly Activity

Recent Performances

  • Wichita Grand Opera
  • Varna International Opera
  • UMKC Opera
  • AIMS in Graz


  • “Pauline Viardot’s Transcriptions of Chopin’s Mazurka: A Study in Artistry”; CMS National Conference, 2018


  • “Projects for the Digital Age: Using Public Musicology and the Digital Humanities to Develop Student Research”; ATMI National Conference, 2019

Other Professional Experiences

  • Operatic Soprano, Voice Teacher and Music History Professor
  • Adjunct Professor; Rockhurst University
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant; University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant; Colorado State University