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KU Foundation Awarded $250,000 from Presser Foundation

by Kutztown University

KU Foundation Awarded $250,000 from Presser Foundation

Kutztown University Foundation was awarded a $250,000 Capital Support Grant from The Presser Foundation. These funds will support the construction of the Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research.

Corey R. Smith, chair of the Capital Support Committee at The Presser Foundation, said, “Given the environment of continued uncertainty due to the pandemic, the Foundation is pleased to be in the position to support music organizations of a great variety of scale and purpose.”

The Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research will be a new 13,250 square-foot facility that includes a 2,100 square foot performing space in addition to rooms dedicated to each of the specialized collections of rare marimbas, xylophones, vibraphones, bells and chimes. It will be a space for performance and research.

“We are grateful to The Presser Foundation for helping to fund this unique, world-class facility,” said Alex Ogeka, executive director of the Kutztown University Foundation. “This is an important addition to students studying music in KU’s College of Visual and Performing arts, as well as to the entire Kutztown community.”

Ground will break soon on the project, which is expected to be completed in mid-2022. Click here to learn more.