Lilly Cottam is a home-schooled eighteen-year-old who has played the cello for five years. Her teacher, Mary Beth Tyndall, is an incredible inspiration and motivation for her. In 2017, Lilly had the opportunity to play with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson when she tied for first place in the Senior String Division of COT’s competition, and in December was given the great honor of being chosen to play solo with the Moscow Ballet Company for their Wunderkind Concerts.
Although Lilly began learning the cello at a much later age than a lot of young musicians, she has been challenged to work hard and pursue excellence, in an effort to be able to perform at the same level as her peers. It is a great joy for her to play again with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson.
Lilly enjoys composing music as well as playing her cello, and has been a part of the Young Composer’s Project for four years. In her junior year, Lilly joined the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra, enjoying the opportunities and community that TPYO offers. For several years, Lilly has attended the Cello Congress at the University of Arizona, as well as Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado; both of these experiences have stretched and challenged her musically.
In the future, Lilly would like to achieve a degree in music education and English as a second language. With these degrees, she will be able to teach in diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds to share the joy of music with under privileged communities.