Meet the Director

Dingwall Fleary is highly regarded for his outstanding musicianship and has performed extensively throughout the Greater Washington, DC area. He was appointed to the post of music director of The McLean Symphony at the time of its inception in 1972. A multi-faceted musician, Mr. Fleary is also a respected choral conductor, pianist, harpsichordist, organist and chamber musician. He is a popular choice as a clinician and adjudicator to professional orchestras and educational institutions throughout the United States.

Maestro Fleary is also the music director of the Reston Community Orchestra, a position he has enjoyed since 1997. He is also a performing member of the prestigious Friday Morning Music Club of Greater Washington, and serves as director of music and organist at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

In addition, private piano teachers and their students look forward to Mr. Fleary’s acceptance of their invitations to conduct master classes. As if these responsibilities weren’t enough, he has toured for many years with a singer-actor in a two-man presentation he scripted titled, “The Measure of a Man: The Life of Paul Robeson”. It was first given at the National Archives in 1987.

His past accomplishments include winning the Dimitri Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition, which led to guest appearances with principal orchestras in St. Louis, Baltimore, Forth Worth, Buffalo and several orchestras in the mid-west. He has also participated in the Salzburg and Vienna Mozart Festivals. With a strong interest in a wide range of repertoire, Mr. Fleary has garnered awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for his creative programming and performances of contemporary music.

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. A visible presence because of his involvement in community educational activities, he has received recognition from the McLean Citizen’s Association, the Northern Virginia chapter of the National Urban League, among others, and was recently honored by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for “… his overall leadership in bringing quality music to Northern Virginia”.