Mount Union Department of Music Receives $25,000 from Presser Foundation

May 16, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – On April 27, The Presser Foundation announced its selection of grantees for Capital Support.

This year, the foundation doled out grants totaling $715,000 designated for projects that advance music education or philanthropy. New this year, the foundation gave a Legacy Gift of $25,000 to the University of Mount Union.

The purpose of the Legacy Gift is to honor the life and relationships of Theodore Presser, who was an assistant professor of music at Mount Union and is the namesake for Presser Recital Hall in the Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

"Theodore Presser's philanthropic vision guides the decisions of the Capital Support Committee of the Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Jeffrey Cornelius, Chair of the Capital Support Committee. “From the many fine project applications we receive, we carefully select those most consistent with the funding guidelines of The Foundation, which stem directly from Mr. Presser's intentions.  We are delighted with the quality of the proposals for which we are providing funding and to join with other funding sources of these organizations in seeing these projects come to reality."

The Presser Foundation was established in 1939 under the Deeds of Trust and Will of the late Theodore Presser. It is one of the few private foundations in the United States dedicated solely to music education and music philanthropy. The Presser Foundation supports music performance and education through undergraduate and graduate scholar awards, operating and program support for music organizations, capital grants for music building projects, and assistance to retired music teachers.  More information on the Foundation's grant making activity can be found on it's website

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