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Dorothy Young Riess





“Dr. Dorothy” started piano with her mother at age four and won her first competition at seven. Her father, Roy Wallace Young, a concert violinist, coached her in dynamics and interpretation. As a teenager she studied advanced piano with Dean Clarence Burg at Oklahoma City University and performed the Gershwin Piano Concerto with the OCU symphony at 14. The summer of her 16th year she took organ lessons to become high school organist and had her own radio show of pop tunes on the Hammond at KTOW, Oklahoma City.

At the University of Oklahoma she became a protégé of the legendary Mildred Andrews and won many competitions including first place in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Playing in San Francisco, 1952, at age 20. After graduation in 1953, she studied in France with Marcel Dupré and was guest organist at the American Church, Ave George V, Paris. A chance encounter led to a position as organist and choirmaster at Church of the Holy Spirit, Nice, France, and later, at St Paul's Within the Walls, Rome, Italy where she served for two years.

She studied composition with her father, Harrison Kerr and Spencer Norton at OU, Nadia Boulanger in France, and Mel Powell at Yale.

Awarded a full scholarship to Yale University, she performed her Masters recital in Woolsey Hall, including the difficult and seldom heard "Variations on a Recitative" by Schoenberg. The death of her beloved father from complications of Diabetes changed her life resulting in a decision to become a Doctor.  After pre-med studies at Columbia University, New York, she was admitted to The University of Oklahoma School of Medicine at age 33, and awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1969. Four years of post-grad study conferred Board Qualification to practice Internal Medicine which she continued in Pasadena CA until retirement in 2000.

After relocating to Las Vegas she resumed organ playing, and joined the  American Guild of Organists, Southern Nevada and Los Angeles Chapters.   She performed her 75th birthday concert at The University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2006, her 80th at UNLV in 2011, and will play her 85th on May 20, 2016, also at UNLV. She was featured guest artist for American Guild of Organists Region IX Conventions in San Francisco, July 2011, performing at First Congregational Church, Berkeley, the same venue as her winner's recital in 1952, and Bakersfield, June 2013, at Olive Drive Church. She maintains an active concert schedule to share the music she loves with her friends.

She is the recent widow of  Dr. Louis C. Riess, B/G USAF Ret., (1925-2015), has two stepsons and two grandchildren. Besides music, she enjoys photography, languages, travel and good friends.



Contact: dorothy_r@classicalmatters.com

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PAST CONCERTS

DOROTHY YOUNG RIESS, M.D.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
HOLSCLAW HALL
October 30, 2015, 7:00 PM

Pierre DuMage - Grand Jeu (1708)
(1674-1751)
J.S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue B Minor BWV 544 (c. 1708)
(1685-1750)
Camille Saint-Saëns - Improvisation III, Poco Adagio ( 1916)
(1835-1921)
Herbert Howells - Paean (1940)
(1892-1983)
Jean Langlais - Acclamations (1947)
(1907-1991)
Igor Stravinsky - Petrouchka (1911)
(1882-1971) Arranged for Organ by Dorothy Young Riess (2014)
1. Danse Russe
2. Petrouchka's Room
3. Shrovetide Fair
Dorothy Young Riess - Chorale Preludes on Familiar Hymn Tunes (2014)
(1931-     )
1. Love Divine All Loves Excelling
2. Jesus Loves Me
3. What a Friend we have in Jesus
Fantasie and Passacaglia on “Ein feste Burg” (2012)


DOROTHY YOUNG RIESS, M.D.

Sunday, October 23, 2011. 4:00 PM

A grand celebration to re-dedicate the refurbished Reuter Pipe Organ III/33/1963,'79,2011). I will play the same program I played at the original dedication in 1963! Program will include a world premiere of a commissioned piece for organ and violin by Oklahoma composer, Callen Clarke.

Nichols Hills United Methodist Church
Rededication of the Reuter Organ - 4:00 PM
1212 Bedford Drive
Oklahoma City OK 73116
405-842-1486
Price: FREE

Jeremiah Clarke - "Prince of Denmark March" (c.1700)
(1674-1707)
Louis Claude Daquin - "Noël" (c.1735)
(1694-1772)
Johann Sebastian Bach - "Prelude and Fugue in D Major" BWV 532 (c.1710)
(1685-1750)
Franz Josef Haydn - "The Musical Clocks" (1792)
(1732-1809) I. Minuet (Song of the Quail)
II. March
III. Andantino
IV. Minuet (Allegretto)
V. Minuet (Presto)
VI. Vivace
Cesar Franck - "Chorale in A Minor" (1890)
(1822-1890)
Callen Clarke - "Meditation" for Organ and Violin (2011) *World Premiere
(1961- ) Kyle Dillingham, Violinist
Olivier Messiaen - "The Ascension" (1933)
(1908-1992) II. "Serene Alleluias"
III. "Outburst of Joy"


DOROTHY YOUNG RIESS, M.D.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011. 1:00 PM

First Congregational Church Berkeley CA
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 848-3696
Price: AGO Convention Registration

Concert sponsored by San Francisco American Guild of Organists as part of the Region IX Convention.
AGO Region IX Convention
San Francisco July 6, 2011
MUSIC OF JOY

Jean Langlais - "Fête" (Festival)
(1907-1991)
J.S. Bach - Clavierübung III, “Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist” BWV 671
(1685-1750) Kyrie, God Holy Spirit
Sigfrid Karg-Elert - Symphonic Chorale “Jesu Meine Freude” Op.87 #2
(1877-1933)
I. Introduzione (Inferno)
II.Canzone
III. Fuga con Corale
Dimitri Shostakovich - "Suite for Variety Orchestra, Waltz 2"
(1906-1975) arranged for organ by DY Riess MD
Olivier Messiaen - "L'Ascension, III. “Transports de Joie”
(1908-1992)
On a very hot afternoon, three hundred fifty organists and guests attended my concert at First Congregational Church Berkeley CA on Wed. July 6, 2011. I've never played for such an enthusiastic group! I felt they were with me all the way despite the heat. (And I wore heavier clothing for 65 degree weather!). Although my hands were sticky from the heat, the program went very well and the marvelous Petty-Madden Pipe Organ spoke out in full glory.

It was a wonderful experience and especially so as I saw so many old friends there.

The most poignant event, however, was my return to the same place where I played my AGO National Competition Winner's recital in 1952 - almost 60 years ago! The organ is new and the chancel has been revised, but it was the same space. Now I finally understand T.S. Eliot's poem, "and the result of all our exploration will be to return to where we started and know the place for the first time."


DOROTHY YOUNG RIESS, M.D.

ORGAN CONCERT

MAY 6, 2011, 7:30 PM

DOC RANDO RECITAL HALL, UNLV

Southern Nevada Chapter American Guild of Organists will present Dr. Dorothy Riess in concert Friday evening, May 6, 2011 at 7:30 PM, on the Von Beckerath pipe organ at Doc Rando Recital Hall, UNLV, 4505 So. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas NV 89154. “Music of Joy” is the theme for this, her 80th birthday celebration event, and features music by Bach, Langlais, Karg-Elert, Shostakovich, Joplin and Messiaen. The concert is open to the public. Admission and parking are Free.



DOROTHY YOUNG RIESS PHOTO GALLERY



DOROTHY YOUNG RIESS VIDEO GALLERY




DOROTHY YOUNG RIESS CD RELEASES

DOROTHY YOUNG RIESS: ORGAN RECITAL 2009
Classical organ music performed by Dorothy Young Riess on the Allen Renaissance Organ at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Las Vegas Nevada. Released 2009 on RAECD label. Music by Buxtehude, JS Bach, R. Wagner, Roy Young-Riess, and others. Available at:
DOROTHY YOUNG RIESS: ORGAN MUSIC FROM OU 2007

Classical organ music played on the Mildred Andrews Boggess Memorial Fisk Organ at the University of Oklahoma by Dorothy Young Riess, Organist. Released 2007 on RAECD label. Music by Gabrieli, Buxtehude, Sain Saens, and others. Available at:

DOROTHY YOUNG RIESS: ORGAN MASTERS SERIES, VOL 1. 2006
Great pipe organ music with a flair - Reger at Yale and "Bach with a Beat" played by Dorothy Young Riess and jazz drummer. Released 2006 on JDOTPRO label. Available at




Music Performed by Dorothy Young Riess


Dieterich Buxtehude: Chaconne in C Major, Hill & Son Organ (V/127/1886), Sydney Town Hall, Australia. / (2.1mb - 1:43)

J.S. Bach: Toccata in D Minor, Rieger Organ (III/42/1998), Town Hall, Christ Church, New Zealand. / (2.1mb - 3:07)

J.S. Bach: Fugue in E Flat, Fisk Organ (III/38/1999) University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. / (4.9mb - 2:39)

Wagner-Liszt: Pilgrim's Chorus, Allen Renaissance Organ (III/80/2004) First Christian Church, Las Vegas, NV. / (5.4mb - 5:54)

Max Reger: Introduction in D Minor, Von Beckerath Organ (III/53/2004) University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV. / (3.4mb - 1:50)

Fritz Kreisler-Riess: Liebesfreud, Allen Renaissance Organ (III/80/2001) First Christian Church, Las Vegas, NV. / (2.6mb - 2:52)

DY Riess: Jingle Bells Toccata, Von Beckerath Organ (III/53/2004) University Nevada, Las Vegas, NV. / (1.7mb - 2:29)





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