Preston, 63, said she has been involved with music almost since the
day she was born. She sang her first solo -- "God Bless America" at a
national church convention -- when she was 3. She has since sung with the
Pacific Chorale and other leagues.
This explains her love of music in general, but watching orchestras
perform live gives her a different thrill.
"I feel, at times, there's an electricity that takes place between the
two," Preston said of orchestras and audiences. "They make the musicians
play better, maybe with more feeling. I've sung with the Pacific Chorale
for the last six years, and I know that we've experienced that."
She volunteers to help others know this firsthand too.
As a member of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra League board, Preston's
duties include heading up programs for various luncheons, helping to
raise funds at parties and serving as the historian for the orchestra's
"We have dinners at lovely homes and have guest stars come in and play
for us too," said Preston, who is also the current Miss Senior Orange
As a historian, she takes photos and archives records of the event.
Fund-raiser luncheons are an important aspect of Preston's volunteer job
"I feel that without people helping to raise funds for the orchestra
that we wouldn't have an orchestra," she said. "Because it's something
that people love, but they just don't think about it unless you put it in
front of them."
Preston said her favorite perk in volunteering is the music she helps
to present and hear. Her second favorite?
"The social aspect," she admits.