A student of Simon Fryer, she was on the Dean's Honours List with Distinction, and awarded the Hazel Cryderman-Wees Foundation Scholarship and the Roman tam Scholarship. Lydia has her Honours A.R.C.T in piano and cello. Growing up near Aylmer, Ontario, she began her musical studies in piano at age four and cello at ten. At ages 10 and 12 she performed for Dr. Sininchi Suzuki at conventions in Australia and Korea. Lydia also spent one term at Swiss l'Abri, an International Christian Study Centre founded by the late philosopher Francis Schaeffer, where she studied the relationship between music and religion. While there, she also met her husband, whom she married in 2003.