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Biography

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

An Artist-in-Residence at the Hudson Opera House (NY), Areté Venue and Gallery (NYC), and Arts Letters and Numbers (NY), Prescott’s work includes the LITMUS Trilogy, a set of interdisciplinary performance pieces comprised of 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 Nocecrepa, film music for multidisciplinary artist Thereska Gregor and Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. 

Prescott performs internationally, at traditional venues like Carnegie Hall and the eclectic, independent stages of National Sawdust and Constellation Chicago, to experimental non-venues like abandoned factories and ponds. She has appeared in the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Josip Kasman Music Festival in Croatia, Baiona Piano Festival in Spain, Women Composers Festival of Hartford; multidisciplinary series Sunday Service at the Knockdown Center, Women Between Arts at the New School’s Glass Box Theatre; and Ophra Yerushalmi’s documentary film, Prelude to Debussy

Named an Emerging Leader in Arts Administration by the New York Foundation for the Arts, 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. She has taught worldwide, at the Goppisberger Music Festival in Switzerland, the Louisiana Chamber Music Institute, Larchmont Music Academy, and Great Neck Music Conservatory. She is a guest clinician, lecturer and adjudicator at events throughout the United States.

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