Mary Preston

Mary Preston is the Resident Organist and Principal/Lay Family Chair with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She also serves as Organist and Choirmaster of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Dallas.

Mary has been presented in recital throughout the United States, Europe and Asia to audiences responding with enthusiasm and excitement. She has performed in such notable locations as the Riverside Church in New York City, the House of Hope in St. Paul, First Congregational in Los Angeles, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Nikolai in Leipzig, the Merseburg Cathedral, St. Hedwig Cathedral in Berlin, the Oliwa Cathedral in Poland, the Liechtenstein Place in Prague, along with the honor of playing an inaugural recital on the magnificent new C.B. Fisk organs in the new Minato Mirai Concert Hall, Yokohama, Japan and the new Benaroya Symphony Hall in Seattle, Washington.

She has been a featured artist with the Oregon Bach Festival, and numerous Regional and National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists, including the 2004 National Convention in Los Angeles, 2005 regional conventions in Colorado and Connecticut, and will be featured in a number of 2007 regional conventions as well. This year includes solo recitals in San Jose, California; Norfolk, Virginia; performances at Duke and Yale Universities, Lansdale, Pennsylvania; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Palos Verdes Estates, California; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Augusta, Georgia; Richmond, Virginia, along with performances in Nebraska, Ohio, Washington, and Los Angeles.

Along with organ concerti and other major works with the Dallas Symphony, she has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Nashville and Denver Symphony Orchestras, the Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra, and an inaugural concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She is a regular performer with the Dallas Wind Symphony. Her solo performances are frequently aired on National Public Radio’s “Pipedreams”.

Mary Preston Reviews:

“…the best organ recording of the decade… Mary Preston, Principal with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, does a gorgeous job at the complex keyboard of 66 voices, 84 ranks, and 4535 pipes! If your reference system is up to the challenge, prepare yourself for this giant beast to appear in your listening room in full and unstoppable glory.” —Robert H. Levi, Positive Feedback Online

“Hold on to your subwoofer and when organist Mary Preston cuts loose, don’t be surprised if neighbors complain about their furniture sliding across the floor.” —Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News