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Biography

Mary Prescott is a Thai-American interdisciplinary artist, composer and pianist who explores the foundations and facets of identity and social conditions through experiential performance.

An Artist-in-Residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Hudson Opera House, Areté Venue and Gallery, and Arts Letters and Numbers, Prescott’s work includes the interdisciplinary performance pieces Atlasomnia, Mother Me, and He Disappeared into Complete Silence (with saxophonist Darius Jones); the immersive multimedia chamber opera, ALICE; the online sound journal, Where We Go When; Hook & Eye, improvised performance with visual artist Angela Costanzo Paris; and film music for Thereska Gregor’s Nocecrepa, and Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. She is a 2019 Roulette Jerome Foundation Commission recipient, for which she created the performative song-cycle, Songs Between Life and Death; and a 2019 National Performance Network Creation and Development Fund Awardee, co-commissioned by Public Functionary (Minneapolis) and Living Arts (Tulsa), and supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Prescott performs at independent, experimental and traditional stages internationally, appearing in Constellation Chicago’s Frequency Series, the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Women Between Arts at The New School in New York, the Josip Kasman Music Festival in Croatia, Baiona Piano Festival in Spain, Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust and others. She is featured in Ophra Yerushalmi’s documentary film, Prelude to Debussy.

A New York Foundation for the Arts Emerging Leader, Prescott is a Co-Founder of the Lyra Music Festival & Workshop at Smith College, where she served as Artistic Director and lead faculty for several years. Other faculty appointments include the Goppisberger Music Festival in Switzerland, the Louisiana Chamber Music Institute, Larchmont Music Academy, and Great Neck Music Conservatory. She is an American Composers Orchestra Teaching Artist.

Prescott holds degrees from The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Bachelor of Music), and the Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music).