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Maestro Dingwall Fleary

Conductor, Music Director, and Artistic Director
Dingwall Fleary    

“The symphony players and I take a special delight in creating an atmosphere that promotes the interests and education of our youth – a facet of my own upbringing which,

from an early age, shaped who I am today.”


Dingwall Fleary is the conductor of two orchestras in Northern Virginia. They are The McLean Symphony, a post he has held since the orchestra’s inception in 1972, and The Reston Community Orchestra. In May, 2006 the Virginia General Assembly and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recognized him for his musical leadership in Northern Virginia, and cited what was then his ten years of service as conductor of the Reston Community Orchestra. Highly regarded for his musicianship, he has distinguished himself as a conductor, pianist, harpsichordist, organist and chamber musician. Maestro Fleary has performed extensively throughout the United States, in Europe, and is well known in the Greater Washington, DC area.

Born in 1940, a native of St. Louis, Maestro Fleary’s exceptional talent was to be rewarded by degrees from Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas and the School of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Prior to moving to Northern Virginia in 1969, Maestro Fleary taught music and helped to develop a Kinder Music Program for pre-school children at Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, NY. He studied, taught and performed extensively while at L'Accademia di Chigiana, in Siena, Italy.

A consummate musician, in addition to his work with instrumentalists, Maestro Fleary is respected for the ease and natural ability with which he is able to lead choral ensembles of all sizes. As a pianist, he has had the distinction accompanying many performers from operatic personalities Robert McFerrin and Grace Bumbry (both of whom are also St. Louis natives), to song stylists Nancy Wilson and Virginia-based song stylist, Beverly Cosham. He created and performs in a two-man production titled, The Measure of a Man: The Life of Paul Robeson-History through Words and Music” as pianist and narrator. This production was given its first performance at the National Archives in 1987. Since that auspicious premiere the program has been heard in schools, universities and private organizations throughout the country. He has appeared as a guest conductor and organist with the Finger Lakes Choral Festival in upstate New York, both in Rochester and at the famous Chappaqua Music Center, with the principal orchestras of St. Louis, Baltimore, Forth Worth, Buffalo, and with numerous regional and community orchestras and choruses. 

In 2009 as part of the annual Summer Arts Festival at Virginia's George Mason University, former NBC news reporter and White House correspondent Roger Mudd joined Maestro Fleary, his orchestra and chorus to inaugurate the festival activities. In June of 2010, Maestro Fleary was invited by the City of Richmond to conduct a concert performance of the famous Gershwin opera, Porgy and Bess, with the cast of the Virginia Opera and the Petersburg (Virginia) Symphony Orchestra.  Internationally, Maestro Fleary has participated in the Salzburg and Vienna Mozart Festivals in Austria, in addition to having conducted Switzerland's Lausanne Festival Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic in the Netherlands.  

Maestro Fleary has received awards for his creative programming, and presentations of contemporary music from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He has served as music director of the International Children’s Festival at the Wolf Trap Farm Park, and for five years was a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts. In 1994 his native city of St. Louis inducted him into its Hall of Fame, and honor which places him among the city’s most accomplished and respected individuals from a wide variety of professions. Due to his involvement in community educational activities, Maestro Fleary has been honored by the McLean Citizen’s Association, the Northern Virginia chapter of the National Urban League, and was the first recipient of the McLean Community Center Arts Award. Since 1988 Maestro Fleary has been director of music and organist at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

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