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Remembering Michael Stairs

Michael Stairs

Michael Stairs, Trustee 1985-2018

Our beloved Board member and one of the great musical artists and teachers in the field of organ performance, Michael Stairs, passed away on August 11, 2018.

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Michael, beyond his artistry as a musician, was a man of sterling character. He exemplified truly exceptional human qualities of modesty and compassion for others.  He brought these qualities and keen insight to his work on behalf of the Foundation.
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One of Michael’s final acts on behalf of The Presser Foundation was to designate his special directed grant to the benefit of students at the Curtis Institute.  He gave his time generously and willingly to the work of the Foundation, serving on the Board for thirty-three years, and was an exemplary committee chair, most recently of the Advancement of Music Committee.  We shall all miss him, his wisdom, his gentle manner, and the beauty he brought to so many performances.

News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces Capital Support Grants

April 18, 2019 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania– The Presser Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of grantees for Capital Support.  These grants, totaling $761,185 this fiscal year, include $445,000 in new commitments and $316,185 satisfying previous commitments.  These grants are designated for capital projects of music presenting, music performing and music education organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Capital projects typically include the construction of new facilities and the renovation or expansion of existing facilities.

Corey R. Smith, Chair of the Capital Support Committee,commented on these grants, “A community music school, two undergraduate schools of music, and a historic regional arts center comprise this year’s list of new grantees for Capital Support. Reflecting the spectrum of music organizations supported by The Presser Foundation, we congratulate them and are pleased to be associated with capital projects of such significance and impact.” 

2018-19 Capital Support Grantees (in alphabetical order)

Darlington Arts Center

Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation*

Kimmel Center, Inc., Academy of Music*

OperaDelaware*

Rowan University Foundation

State Theatre Regional Arts Center at New Brunswick, Inc.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts*

University of the Arts

*Previous Multi-Year Grantee


News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces Advancement of Music Grants

March 1, 2019 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The Presser Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of sixty-nine multi- and single year grantees for Advancement of Music. These grants, totaling $865,500, provide general operating support to music presenting, music performing and music education organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

William B. McLaughlin, III, Chair of the Advancement of Music Committee, commented, “It is an honor to provide the largest round of critical operating support grants to so many musical organizations in and around Philadelphia.  The Presser Foundation is proud to help sustain and nurture these organizations that are essential to the communities and audiences they serve.”

 

2018-19 Advancement of Music Grantees (in alphabetical order)

 

Academy of Vocal Arts

Allentown Symphony Association

Anna Crusis Women’s Choir

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Ars Nova Workshop

ArtistYear

Artistas y Musicos Latino Americanos

Astral Artists, Inc.

Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Bowerbird

Bucks County Choral Society

Bucks County Symphony Society

Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

Chester Children’s Chorus

Choir School of Delaware

Choral Arts Philadelphia

Commonwealth Youthchoirs

Community Conservatory

Community Music School Lehigh Valley

Community Music School of Collegeville

Concert Operetta Theatre

Darlington Arts Center

Delaware County Youth Orchestra

Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Dolce Suono Ensemble

Esperanza

Friends of the Wanamaker Organ

Kimmel Center, Inc.

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra

LiveConnections

Lyra Society

Market Square Concerts

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

Music at Gretna, Inc.

Musicopia

Network for New Music

Opera Philadelphia

OperaDelaware

Orchestra 2001

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts

Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

Play On, Philly!

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

PRISM Quartet, Inc.

Project 440

Reading Symphony Orchestra

Riverside Symphonia

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 Friends of Chamber Music of Reading, Inc.

The Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music

The Mann Center of the Performing Arts

The Music School of Delaware

The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Princeton Festival

Trenton Children’s Chorus, Inc.

Trenton Community Music School

Tri-County Concerts Association, Inc.


News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces Special Project Grants

December 21, 2018 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania– The Presser Foundation is pleased to announce the selection and funding of seventeen new Special Projects from music organizations in the greater Philadelphia area. These grants, totaling $321,500, are in addition to other previous Foundation commitments of $27,000 to organizations including LiveConnections and Curtis Institute of Music. Peter Burwasser, Chair of the Special Projects Committee, commented, “The Presser Foundation is honored to support our musical community with our annual Special Projects grants. This year our grantees cross a range of organizations that reflect the wonderful diversity of our region, including commissions of new works, anniversary performances, milestone performances and new projects. We are especially pleased to be able to honor several distinguished musical luminaries, including the late Philadelphia Orchestra organist Michael Stairs, composer and conductor Jan Kryzwicki and long-time arts manager Nancy Newman.”

Special Project Grants: (in alphabetical order)

  • Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
  • Astral Artists, Inc.
  • Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
  • Chestnut Street Singers
  • Darlington Arts Center
  • Friends of the Wanamaker Organ
  • Lyric Fest
  • Network for New Music
  • Opera Philadelphia
  • OperaDelaware
  • Piffaro, The Renaissance Band
  • Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
  • Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
  • PRISM Quartet, Inc.
  • The Crossing
  • The Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music
  • The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

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

About The Presser Foundation

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 a broad range of classical symphonic, chamber, choral and vocal music performance and education through general operating and program grants to music organizations; capital grants for music building projects; undergraduate and graduate student awards; and assistance to retired music teachers.  Much of the grant making focus of the Foundation is on organizations and institutions in the 75-mile radius surrounding Center City Philadelphia.

 


News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces Capital Support Grants

April 26, 2018 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The Presser Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of grantees for Capital Support.  These grants, totaling $716,185 this fiscal year including $352,370 in new commitments and $405,000 satisfying previous commitments.  These grants are designated for capital projects of music organizations providing supports a broad range of classical symphonic, chamber, choral and vocal music. 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, “From among many worthy proposals submitted to The Presser Foundation for this year‘s capital support grants, the Board of Trustees selected the following organizations for funding. These proposals were deemed to be particularly in line with the aims of the founder, Theodore Presser, and promise to provide the type of support he envisioned for musical institutions almost a century ago.  We congratulate these organizations and are pleased to be associated with the fine results they are accomplishing.” 

 2017-18 Capital Support Grantees (in alphabetical order)

Agnes Scott College, Presser Legacy

Community Music School of Collegeville

Curtis Institute of Music

The Grand Opera House

Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation*

Kimmel Center, Inc., Academy of Music*

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts*

The Music School of Delaware

Ohio Wesleyan University, Presser Legacy*

OperaDelaware

Temple University, Boyer College of Music and Dance*

University of Delaware*

*Previous Multi-Year Grantee


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