It has been said that Mr. Presser wanted to give back to music what he had made from it. When he died in 1925, he left no children. He had been widowed twice, and the bulk of his fortune was left to The Foundation. While much is known about Mr. Presser’s work as the publisher of Etude, the music magazine, and as the founder of the great publishing firm bearing his name, not much is known about the man and the influences in his life that informed his publishing work and his philanthropy.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of The Foundation, the Trustees put forth a request for proposals for a full-length research article on the life and work of Mr. Presser. The goal of the project is to produce a document that will provide a better understanding of Mr. Presser’s background and influences, as well as his accomplishments, in relation to the events and ideas of his time and place. The Presser Foundation announced the selection of Dr. E. Douglas Bomberger to write this full-length research article. Dr. Bomberger, chosen amongst a pool of thirteen applicants to receive a $35,000 grant, will complete extensive research. It is the hope of the Trustees that the article will be published in a suitable academic or professional journal.
Peter Burwasser, Trustee and Chair of the Sub-Committee to select the scholar noted, “The Presser Foundation looks forward to the first major biography of Theodore Presser with great anticipation and excitement. Dr. Bomberger’s winning proposal for this project demonstrated superb research capabilities, enthusiasm about the subject, and a fine, lively writing style. We feel confident that we are in very capable hands.”
About Dr. E. Douglas Bomberger
Dr. Bomberger, Chairman of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Elizabethtown College, is a leading expert on nineteenth-century American music. He is the author of MacDowell (Oxford, 2013) and served as senior editor for nineteenth-century music for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, second edition. He holds a PhD in historical musicology from the University of Maryland-College Park and an MM in piano performance from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Before accepting the chairmanship of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Elizabethtown College in 2005, Dr. Bomberger taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for eleven years.