Frederick Preston Search Edit Profile
Educated schools in the United States, Switzerland and Germany, also New England Conservatory and Cincinnati College of Music. Graduate Royal Conservatory, Leipzig, also post-graduate course there. Studied cello with Braschawanoff (Weimar), Adamowski (Boston), Mattioll (Milan), Rogovoy (Cincinnati), Klengel (Leipzig).
Harmony and composition with Gustav Schreck, orchestration with Richard Hofman.
Has appeared in recitals in leading cities of the United States and Europe. Member Gewandhans Orchestra, Leipzig, 1910-1911. First cellist, American Symphony Orchestra, Chicago, 1915-1916.
Mus. director Forest Theatre Summer Festivals and Western Drama Original Plays, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 1914, 15, 16, 18, 19. Enlisted 1st musician United States Naval Reserve Force. Called to service February 15, 1918.
Appointed conductor Mare Island orchestra. Translations to regular navy, September 25, bandmaster Mare Island Naval Training Station Band of 74 musicians. Discharged March 1919.
Solo cellist, Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, Honolulu, H.T., 1919-1920. Composer of Festival Overture, played at San Francisco Exposition, 1915. Sixth String Quartet in D Minor (first performance in August 1932, at Carmel-by-the-Sea) and Cello Concerto in A Minor (first performance in August 1933, at Carmel-by-the-Sea).
Romantic Symphony in D Major, Second Symphony in G Minor, Third Symphony, Fourth Symphony in B Flat Minor, Fifth Symphony in G Minor (first place in California Federation of Music Clubs, 1941), String Quartet in E Minor (first performance by the San Francisco String Quartet, January 1942), Symphonic Poem and Suite Fantastique, Exhilaration Overture (first performance by Federal Symphony Orchestra of San Francisco under Ernst Bacon, 1936), The Dream of McKorkle, for symphony orchestra, quartets, and sextets. Teresita, Sweet Dreams, Amara, Valse D’Amour, for alto saxophone, with orchestra accompaniment. Aria, Minuet, Berceuse, Tangiers, Under the Cypress Trees, Rhapsodie Fantastique, Romanze, Oriental Dance, solos for cello or violin, songs.
Sextet in F Minor for 2 violins, 2 violas and 2 cellos, winning number in 1934 competition of Society for Publication of American Music, etc. Director orchestra, Hotel Del Monte, Del Monte, California, 1920-1932. Supervisor of orchestra, band and chorus, Monterey County High School, 1927-1929.
Concert tour of the United States, 1932 and 1934. Composed The Bridge Builders for soloists, chorus and symphony orchestra in celebration of completion of Golden Gate Bridge, first performance, the composer conducting, San Francisco, 1938. Romantic Overture in G Minor for symphonic band.
Member Gewandhans Orchestra, Leipzig, 1910-1911. Member American Composers Alliance, National Association for American Composers and Conductors, Society for Publication of America Music.
Married Opal Piontkowski Heron, February 27, 1923.