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UNI School of Music receives funding for the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award

March 19, 2012

John Vallentine, director, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2024,

Caroline Boehmer, communications & operations coordinator, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2028,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Board of Trustees of The Presser Foundation has selected the University of Northern Iowa to receive a grant to be presented to a senior student for the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. According to Robert Capanna, president of the Presser Foundation, "only institutions with recognized quality music programs are considered for Presser Undergraduate Scholar Awards."

The award recipient will be chosen at the upcoming Performance Competition Finals Concert to be held at 7:30 p.m., March 26, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI campus. The student who receives the award will be selected by a panel of music faculty with the choice of the recipient guided solely by consideration of excellence and merit. The amount of the award is $4,800.

The most recent award winners were Felisha Jones, a senior music major at UNI playing the oboe; Rebecca Buseman, a senior music major at UNI playing the piano; and Michael Conrad, a recent UNI graduate playing the piano and trombone. Buseman recently won the Iowa Music Teachers National Association Steinway Artist Award and Conrad won DownBeat Magazine's 34th Annual Student Music Award and currently studies at the Eastman School of Music in New York.

For additional information on the Performance Competition Finals concert, the Presser Award, or past winners, contact Caroline Boehmer, communications and operations coordinator at the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or