Beth Preston holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Brigham Young University and a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from University of Southern Maine. She directs the Newcastle-based Tapestry Singers, a community choir that has become known for championing the works of living composers. She was a founding member of Vox Nova Chamber Choir in Brunswick and sings alto in its newly formed reincarnation, Una Voce Chamber Choir. Ms. Preston also teaches privately, coaching singers who win awards, scholarships, and acceptance into prestigious post-secondary programs. Ms. Preston has provided the vocal coaching for both amateurs and professionals in Heartwood Regional Theater Company’s musical theater productions. She was awarded “Distinguished Choral Director of the Year 2010” from Maine American Choral Director’s Association, “Music Educator of the Year 2013” from District 3, and “Maine Music Educator of the Year 2019”. June 2019 marked Ms. Preston’s retirement from Lincoln Academy and a thirty-seven-year career in the public schools where she conducted award-winning choirs and directed musical theater productions of the highest caliber.
“I aspire to help singers find the clear, resonant sound that is the core of their voice. We work to discover free and healthy ways to hook into breath energy, easy onset of tone, and clear understanding of text for optimal expression. Our Monday night rehearsals are filled with energy and good fun as we work to prepare the music. Tapestry Singers’ audiences have come to expect something out of the ordinary, new music to challenge their sensibilities, and familiar tunes that are interestingly arranged. My goal is to inspire both singers and listeners so we can be woven in song.”