Dorothy Young Riess (b. 1931) — Cosmos (2011) for organ
Dorothy Young Riess (b. 1931) was born in Atlanta, Georgia to musical parents, began piano study at age four with her mother and won her first piano competition by age eight. She was further educated in music at Oklahoma City University, the University of Oklahoma (with Mildred Andrews), and Yale University. She also studied in France with Marcel Dupré and held organist positions in Paris and Rome. Riess won first place in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Playing in 1952. The death of her violinist father from complications related to diabetes changed the trajectory of her life, and after pre-med studies at Columbia University, she was admitted to the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine; following graduation and post-graduate study, she maintained a medical practice as an internist in Pasadena, California until 2000. After retiring from medicine, Riess returned to organ playing in 2004, pursuing an active recital schedule, including major recitals celebrating her 75th, 80th, and 85th birthdays.
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