About Tapestry Singers
Tapestry Singers is a local community chorus located in the beautiful midcoast Maine region, with rehearsals and performances in the Newcastle/Damariscotta area. Our organization exists to achieve the following goals:
- To promote the performance and enjoyment of choral music…where community members may rehearse and perform under professional leadership;
- To bring affordable live choral music performances to community audiences;
- To foster interest in and understanding of choral music in the general public and among students in the community.
Tapestry Singers provides an annual cash prize to a local student who demonstrates outstanding musical talent and potential. We rely on the support of community members and local businesses to help us achieve our goal. Tapestry Singers is a Maine nonprofit corporation and a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Beth Preston holds a Bachelor of Music from Brigham Young University, and a Masters of Music in Vocal Pedagogy. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Voice Care Network, American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), Chorus America, International Federation of Choral Musicians, and National Association for Music Education. In 2010 she was named Distinguished Choral Director of the Year by the membership of Maine ACDA and Teacher of the Year for Maine Music Educator’s District III in 2013. Ms. Preston has taught choral music, instrumental music, and AP Music Theory in the public schools since 1982. She has prepared record numbers of Lincoln Academy singers for acceptance into Districts and All State. Ms. Preston also teaches privately in her Nobleboro studio, coaching classical, Broadway, and jazz singers. Her students frequently win or place at the NATS Musical Theater and Classical Competitions. She studied voice with Ellen Chickering in Portland and sang with Vox Nova Chamber Choir in Brunswick, under the direction of Shannon Chase. She also sang in the chorus of Portland Opera Repertory Theater in productions of La Boheme, Faust, Lucia di Lammermoor and Romeo et Juliette. Ms. Preston’s career has included the musical and stage direction for many productions. She conducted opera chorus rehearsals for PORT as an assistant to Judith Quimby, Chorus Master. She has provided the vocal coaching for most of Heartwood Regional Theater Company’s musicals and operas.
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“When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. It takes something incredibly intimate, a sound that begins inside you, shares it with a roomful of people and it comes back as something even more thrilling: harmony.”
— Stacy Horn, “Singing Changes Your Brain” Time August 16, 2013
“I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.”
— Sir Paul McCartney
Thank you for a beautiful afternoon. The spirit of Christmas is alive and well…
…And what an interesting program with diversity and inclusion of the audience.
What beautiful, pure tones came through those masks, sounding the joy of Christmas.
The woman next to me said, “My whole body vibrates with the voices singing.”
… a powerful mezzo soprano, and the keyboard wizardry of Sean Fleming.
…I felt embraced by something beautiful, generous and good — the spirit of Christmas.”
…the concert was a rare transcendent musical experience.
…the singers were so in tune and the solo performers so very skilled.
…The array of music the director, Beth Preston, selected was such an interesting mix.
I loved the music. The songs in Japanese reminded me of my home…
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