Dr. Dorothy started piano with her mother at age four and won her first competition at seven. She was coached in dynamics and interpretation by her father, Roy Wallace Young, a concert violinist. As a teenager she studied advanced piano with Dean Clarence Burg at Oklahoma City University and performed the Gershwin Piano Concerto with the OCU symphony at 14. The summer of her 16th year she took some organ lessons to become high school organist and had her own radio show of pop tunes on the Hammond and news on KTOW, Oklahoma City.
At the University of Oklahoma she became a protégé of the legendary Mildred Andrews and won many competitions including the American Guild of Organists National in San Francisco, 1952, at age 20. After graduation she studied in France with Marcel Dupré and was guest organist at the American Church, Ave George V, Paris. A chance encounter led to a position as organist and choirmaster at Church of the Holy Spirit, Nice, France, and later, at St Paul's Within the Walls, Rome, Italy where she served for two years.
Awarded a full scholarship to Yale University, she performed her Masters recital in Woolsey Hall, including the difficult and seldom heard "Variations on a Recitatif" by Schoenberg. The death of her beloved father from complications of Diabetes changed her life resulting in a decision to become a Doctor. After pre-med studies at Columbia University, New York, she was admitted to The University of Oklahoma School of Medicine at age 33 and awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1969. Four years of post-grad study qualified her to practice Internal Medicine which she continued in Pasadena until retirement in 2000.
After relocating to Las Vegas she resumed organ playing, joined the Southern Nevada Chapter of American Guild of Organists, and serves as Associate Organist at First Christian Church, Las Vegas. She performed her 75th birthday concert at The University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2006, her 77th at First Christian Church las Vegas in 2009, and her 80th at UNLV in 2011. She was featured artist for American Guild of Organists Region IX Convention in San Francisco, July 2011, performing at First Congregational Church, Berkeley, the same venue as her winner's recital in 1952!
She is married to Dr. Louis C. Riess, B/G USAF Ret., has two stepsons and two grandchildren. Besides music, she enjoys photography, swimming, laughter, languages and good friends.