News & Updates

News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces Capital Support Grants

Posted by on Apr 27th, 2016 in News & Updates | 0 comments

April 27, 2016 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The Presser Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of grantees for Capital Support.  These grants, totaling $715,000 this fiscal year, are designated for capital projects that advance the cause of music education or support music philanthropy. Capital projects include the construction of new facilities and the renovation or expansion of existing facilities. New this year is a Legacy Gift to honor the life and relationships of Mr. Theodore Presser.  A $25,000 grant was given to University of Mount Union, where Mr. Presser attended and was an Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music.

Dr. Jeffrey Cornelius, Chair of the Capital Support Committee commented on these grants, Theodore Presser’s philanthropic vision guides the decisions of the Capital Support Committee of the Board of Trustees.  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.

2015-16 Capital Support Grantees (in alphabetical order)

Illinois Wesleyan University, Presser Hall

Kimmel Center, Inc. | Opera Philadelphia | Pennsylvania Ballet | The Philadelphia Orchestra, Academy of Music

Lebanon Valley College

The Mann Center*

Rider University, Westminster Choir College*

Temple University, Boyer College of Music and Dance*

University of Mount Union, Legacy Gift

University of the Arts

WCR Center for the Arts, Inc.*

*Previous Multi-Year Grantee

 

News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces Advancement of Music Grants

Posted by on Feb 24th, 2016 in News & Updates | 0 comments

February 24, 2016 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The Presser Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of grantees for Advancement of Music. These grants, totaling $700,000, provide general operating support to music presenting, music performing and music education organizations within a 100-mile radius of Center City Philadelphia.

Michael Stairs, Chair of the Advancement of Music Committee, provides comment, “On behalf of The Presser Foundation, we are gratified to support such a vibrant and high-quality group of musical organizations.  These grantees create exciting, rewarding and meaningful experiences for both students and audiences of serious music.  It is an honor to provide critical general operating support to these thriving organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Area.” 

2015-16 Advancement of Music Grantees (in alphabetical order)

Academy of Vocal Arts

Allentown Symphony Association

Ars Nova Workshop

Astral Artistic Services, Inc.

Bucks County Choral Society

Cathedral Choir School of Delaware

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

Chester Children’s Chorus

Choral Arts Philadelphia

Commonwealth Youth Choirs

Community Conservatory

Community Music School Lehigh Valley

Community Music School of Collegeville

Darlington Arts Center

Delaware County Youth Orchestra

Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Dolce Suono Ensemble

Kimmel Center, Inc.

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra

LiveConnections

Lyric Fest

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

Musicopia

Network for New Music

OperaDelaware

Opera Philadelphia

Orchestra 2001

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

Play On, Philly!

PRISM Quartet, Inc.

Reading Symphony Orchestra

Settlement Music School

Singing City

State Theatre Regional Arts Center at New Brunswick, Inc.

Symphony in C

Tempesta di Mare, Inc.

Temple University Music Preparatory Division

The Allentown Band

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Crossing

The Mann Center of the Performing Arts

The Music School of Delaware

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Trenton Community Music School

Tri-County Concerts Association, Inc.

 

The Kimmel Center Recognizes The Presser Foundation for Support of Jazz Residency

Posted by on Feb 22nd, 2016 in News & Updates | 0 comments

“The Kimmel Center is committed to nurturing the creative pool of jazz artists that reside in Philadelphia,” said Kimmel Center Artistic Director Jay Wahl. “Philadelphia has always been a celebrated Jazz city, with many legendary musicians who grow up here and live here touring the world. This residency allows us to bring together talented local artists to collaborate and create new music in a public forum.”
–Jay Wahl, Artistic Director, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Kimmel Center created this brief video on its Jazz Residency Program. The video provides a peek into the artists and their concept for the 2016 Jazz Residency.

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/rCMHksp4388

News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces 2015-16 Special Project Grants

Posted by on Dec 22nd, 2015 in News & Updates | 0 comments

The Presser Foundation Announces Special Project Grants

December 22, 2015 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The Presser Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of thirteen Special Projects totaling $366,500 in both single year and multiple year grants. Lucinda S. Landreth, President of the Board of Trustees, commented, “We are proud to support so many worthy music presenting, music performing and music education organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area whose projects are innovative, compelling and fill a clearly defined community need.”

Special Project Grants: (in alphabetical order)

  • Allentown Symphony Association: Latin Rhythms
  • Astral Artistic Services, Inc.: Next Score
  • Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia: Pictures at an Exhibition
  • Chester Children’s Chorus: Collaboration with Media Chamber Chorale
  • Delaware Symphony Orchestra: Recording with Brasil Guitar Duo
  • Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia: Honeger’s King David
  • Opera Philadelphia: War Stories
  • Philadelphia Music Teachers Association: Dr. Andor Kiszley Carnegie Hall Solo, Ensemble and Concerto Recital
  • PRISM Quartet, Inc.: Color Theory: Saxophones & Percussion
  • Rider University – Westminster Choir College: Transforming Space
  • Project 440: All City Enrichment
  • The Mann Center for the Performing Arts: Firebird Spirit Rising
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra: Charles Dutoit Celebration – War Requiem

More information on the Foundation’s grant making activity can be found on it’s website www.presserfoundation.org.

 

Settlement Music School Germantown Branch Dedication

Posted by on Dec 7th, 2015 in News & Updates | 0 comments

The Presser Foundation Board President, Lucinda Landreth, spoke on behalf of The Foundation at the Dedication Ceremony for Settlement Music School Germantown Branch (6128 Germantown Avenue) on Saturday, December 5, 2015.  The Germantown Branch has completed the first part of a major renovation totaling $1.8 million.

The Germantown renovation project has been years in the making, and has been made possible by a combination of public and private funders (including The Presser Foundation), as well as cooperation from neighbors and community organizations, in order to make the improvements that will equip the branch to serve as an anchor institution for the neighborhood. Most notably, the branch and adjacent parking lot have been reconfigured to accommodate 4 acres of stormwater runoff, creating water management solutions for a large portion of Germantown in addition to Settlement’s own property. IMG_4511

News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces New Officers, Trustees and Honorary Trustees

Posted by on Jun 23rd, 2015 in News & Updates | 0 comments

June 23, 2015 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The Presser Foundation is pleased to announce new Officers: President – Lucinda S. Landreth; Vice President – Jeffrey Cornelius; Secretary – Sharon Sorokin; Treasurer – William M. Davison, 4th.

Ms. Landreth had a successful career in investment management and currently serves as independent trustee of Delaware Investment Family of Funds.  In addition to her work at The Presser Foundation since 2007, Ms. Landreth is an active volunteer, holding various positions at Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and LEADERSHIP, Inc., amongst others. Commenting on her new appointment, Ms. Landreth remarked, “The Presser Foundation has been supporting retired music teachers and music students at over 200 undergraduate and graduate institutions, and providing general operating, capital and special project support to musical organizations for more than 75 years. It has a very well respected history of philanthropy and it is a privilege to be asked to guide the Foundation, its staff and dedicated Trustees to continue this legacy.”

Trustees expressed their gratitude to Robert Capanna for the ten years he served as President presenting him with a special resolution and commission for a new piece of music in partnership with Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Remarking on the milestone, Mr. Capanna said “I am very pleased to end my tenure as President of The Foundation with a successful transition to a wonderful new management team, a much-improved on-line grant application process and terrific new leadership for the Board of Trustees. By leveraging the expertise of our board and limiting our administrative expense, The Presser Foundation is well positioned to continue to have a positive impact on the musical life of the Philadelphia region.”

Trustees elected for a three-year term through June 30, 2018 include: Peter Burwasser, Robert Capanna, William B. McLaughlin, III, Ellen Rosen, Corey R. Smith and Mark Wait. Ellen Rosen, a new Trustee, is a former business executive who worked at various financial services companies. Ms. Rosen serves as Treasurer of The Print Center and on the Board of Alliance Française. She also volunteers at the Henry C. Lea School library for the West Philadelphia Alliance For Children.

Anthony Checchia and Robert W. Denious served as Trustees of The Presser Foundation since 1991 and 1995 respectively. In recognition for their exemplary service, the gentlemen received the title of Honorary Trustee and each given the opportunity to provide a grant to a musical organization.

 

News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces 2014-15 Capital Support Grantees

Posted by on May 6th, 2015 in News & Updates | 0 comments

May 5, 2015 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The Presser Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of grantees for Capital Support. These grants, totaling $760,000 this fiscal year, are designated for capital projects that advance the cause of music education or support music philanthropy. Capital projects include the construction of new facilities and the renovation or expansion of existing facilities.

Dr. Jeffrey Cornelius, Chair of the Capital Support Committee commented on these grants, “Theodore Presser’s commitment to advancing the cause of music and music education was especially far reaching, resulting in a Foundation that takes a multi-faceted approach toward meeting his vision.  The Capital Support initiative, one of many support areas within the Foundation, has long underwritten “bricks and mortar” projects that help institutions carry out their respective missions in facilities that maximize the goals of the applicant organization and the Foundation.  These projects, because of the significant financial outlay required for building and renovating facilities, often make the critical difference in enabling non-profit music organizations, whether academic or presentation-oriented, to meet an optimal standard of excellence.  This year’s grantees are making outstanding contributions to the cause of music and music education, and the Foundation is delighted to be able to support them in this way.”

2014-15 Capital Support Grantees (in alphabetical order)

Academy of Vocal Arts*

Elizabethtown College, Zug Memorial Hall

The Longy School of Music of Bard College, Bakalar Library

The Mann Center*

Rider University, Westminster Choir College*

Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts*

Settlement Music School, Germantown Branch

Stetson University, Presser Hall

Temple Univeristy, Boyer College of Music and Dance*

WCR Center for the Arts, Inc.

*Multi-Year Grantee

 

 

Grantee News from the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

Posted by on Apr 21st, 2015 in News & Updates, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Julia Wolfe, a composer associated with the new-music collective Bang on a Can, has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for Anthracite Fields. The work, commissioned by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and supported by The Presser Foundation with a Special Projects Grant, has been described by the Pulitzer jury as “a powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th century.”

The official prize description is as follows: For distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Anthracite Fields premiered in Philadelphia on April 26, 2014.  You can watch this video to learn more about “The Making of Anthracite Fields.”

More information on the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia can be found on the organization’s website: http://www.mcchorus.org/

 

 

News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces 2014-15 Advancement of Music Grants

Posted by on Mar 10th, 2015 in News & Updates, Uncategorized | 0 comments

March 10, 2015 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The Presser Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of grantees for Advancement of Music. These grants, totaling almost $650,000, provide general operating support to music presenting, music performing and music education organizations within a 100-mile radius of Center City Philadelphia.

Michael Stairs commented on the Advancement of Music grants, “Nothing gives me more joy as Chair of the Advancement Committee than giving grants to area musical organizations  that are performing high quality music in a high quality manner. These fine organizations report back to us that they feel grateful for the support of The Presser Foundation throughout their seasons.”

2014-15 Advancement of Music Grantees (in alphabetical order)

 Academy of Vocal Arts
Allentown Symphony Association
Ars Nova Workshop
Artistas y Musicos Latino Americanos
Astral Artistic Services, Inc.
Bowerbird
Cathedral Choir School of Delaware
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Chester Children’s Chorus
Choral Arts Philadelphia
Commonwealth Youth Choirs
Community Conservatory
Community Music School Lehigh Valley
Community Music School of Collegeville
Darlington Arts Center
Delaware County Youth Orchestra
Delaware Symphony Orchestra
Dolce Suono Ensemble
Kimmel Center, Inc.
Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
Lyric Fest
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
Musicopia
Network for New Music
OperaDelaware
Opera Philadelphia
Orchestra 2001
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
Piffaro, The Renaissance Band
PRISM Quartet, Inc.
Reading Symphony Orchestra
Settlement Music School
Singing City
Symphony in C
Tempesta di Mare, Inc.
Temple University Music Preparatory Division
The American Boychoir School
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
The Crossing
The Friends of Chamber Music of Reading, Inc.
The Mann Center of the Performing Arts
The Peabody Preparatory of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Tri-County Concerts Association, Inc.
Valley Forge Chorale

 

News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces Special Project Grants

Posted by on Dec 23rd, 2014 in News & Updates | 0 comments

THE PRESSER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SPECIAL PROJECT GRANTS

December 23, 2014 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The Presser Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of three Special Project grantees including Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; Piffaro, The Renaissance Band; and Settlement Music School. These grants, totaling $52,500, are in addition to the $184,500 in 75th Anniversary grants and $91,500 in commitments to multi-year Special Projects. The Presser Foundation is proud to contribute well over $325,000 to so many worthy music presenting, music performing and music education organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area.

New Special Project Grants:

• Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia: A Fused Muse: Technology Meets Composition $15,000
• Piffaro, The Renaissance Band: The Dresden Vespers $30,000
• Settlement Music School: A Concert Performance Celebrating a 21st Century Repertoire for a 21st Century Music School $7,500

Committed Multi-Year Special Project Grants:

• Independence Charter School: Mariachi at Independence Charter $20,000
• Philadelphia Chamber Music Society: Philadelphia Connections $50,000
• Tempesta di Mare: Performance at the Kimmel Center $15,000
• The Crossing: The Crossing in Residency at JS Jenks Academy for Arts & Sciences $6,500

More information on the Foundation’s grant making activity can be found on it’s website www.presserfoundation.org.

 

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