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Mary Preston

  • Organist


Mary Preston: The electric drive and rhythmic certainty which set Mary Preston apart as one of the finest concert organists of her generation were experienced by delegates of the 1994 national convention of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) meeting in Dallas during her appearance as soloist with the Dallas Symphony. The critic from one national journal covering the convention stated that, "Mary Preston dispatched her part with assurance and élan, and she got wonderful sounds out of the organ." Ms. Preston also received great accolades in 1988 with her appearance as recitalist at the national convention of the AGO in Houston. She was praised for her "brilliant accounts of two thorny 20th century works" despite the handicaps of an acoustically difficult room and an inadequate instrument. "That she succeeded so well is a tribute to the energy and ability of this fine player", the reviewer said. A true testament to her exquisite musicianship, popularity among her colleagues, and demand as a recitalist and concerto soloist came with her invitations to be one of the featured recitalists at the 1998 AGO national convention in Denver and at the 2004 AGO national convention in Los Angeles.