Michael Stairs

Michael Stairs

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HONORING MICHAEL STAIRS

Our beloved Board member and one of the great musical artists and teachers in the field of organ performance, Michael Stairs, has passed away.  We extend condolences to his family, to his many friends and admirers, to his students and to his wife, Margaret Connell.    Those who were privileged to know Michael well over the years knew that beyond his artistry as a musician was his sterling character, truly exceptional human qualities, his modesty, and his compassion for others.  He brought all of these qualities and keen insight to his work on behalf of the Foundation.  One of Michael’s final acts on behalf of The Presser Foundation was to designate a special grant to the benefit of students at The Curtis Institute of Music.  He gave his time generously and willingly, serving on the Board for thirty-three years, and was an exemplary committee chair, most recently of our Advancement of Music Committee.  We shall all miss him, his wisdom, his gentle manner, and the beauty he brought to so many performances.  We offer the deepest sympathy to Michael’s wife, Margaret, family, and many friends at this difficult time with great appreciation for having known him.

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About Theodore Presser page
Theodore Presser

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The Presser Foundation was established in 1939 under the Deeds of Trust and Will of the late Theodore Presser, an educator, publisher and philanthropist.  It is one of the few private foundations in the United States dedicated solely to music education and music philanthropy.

The Presser Foundation supports a broad range of classical symphonic, chamber, choral and vocal music and requires potential grantees to submit proposals by the following deadlines.

Grant Making Area Proposal Deadline Decision Notification
Advancement of Music November 15th March 1st
Assistance To Music Teachers Ongoing Ongoing
Capital Support February 1st May 1st
Special Projects October 15th January 1st
Undergraduate Scholar Award September 1st November 15th

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