2021 Presser Scholar Announced
Theodore Presser (1848–1925) rose from humble beginnings to become a respected music teacher and publisher. Familiar with the many challenges facing musicians, he established The Presser Foundation which supports music performance and education through undergraduate and graduate scholar awards, operating and program support for music organizations, capital grants for music building projects, and assistance to retired music teachers.
The Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award of $4,000 is presented to the student with the highest grade point average, which is an indication of academic and musical excellence. Recent Presser Scholars have included Robert Carr (B.S. Music Education, 2021), Noah Pepmeyer (B.M. Music Technology, 2020), and Joseph Beaver (B.S. Music Education and B.M. Performance, 2019).
This year's Presser Scholar is senior Music Technology student, Greta Zewe. The award was officially presented to Greta at the annual Mary Pappert School of Music Convocation, held this past Monday during Common Hour in the PNC Recital Hall. On hand to present the award was one of Greta's mentors and professors, Thomas Kikta (Chair of the Commercial Music, Media, and Jazz Department and Director of the Institute of Entertainment, Music, and Media Arts).
Greta has established a well-deserved reputation as a talented performing musician, recording engineer, and composer since her arrival on campus in the fall of 2018. In addition to maintaining the highest GPA in her class, she has also received many awards and accolades. She won the Undergraduate Piano Award in both her freshmen and sophomore years and the Tucci Piano Award her junior year, and she has been on the Dean's list every semester.
"It has been a pleasure to get to know Greta," said Dean David Allen Wehr. "She is a model student and a perfect example of my motto of ‘teamwork and citizenship.'" And the best part about it is that she exemplifies that while distinguishing herself as a truly versatile musician through her performing skills and her ability to navigate the recording and production industries."
In addition to Greta's focus on music technology, she has proven herself to be an excellent pianist, singer, and songwriter. Studying piano with Professor Ken Burky, Greta's mastery of the instrument was made clear at the Convocation, where she performed a beautiful rendition of Debussy's Clair de Lune to a full house of music students, faculty, staff, and her parents.
Greta served as the President of Duquesne's chapter of the Audio Engineering Society during her junior year. She has also collaborated with Dr. Paul Miller (Assistant Professor of Musicianship) and the Biomedical Engineering Department at Duquesne to demonstrate principles of signal processing using modular synthesizer technology.
All of Greta's efforts have paid off, as she has recently been hired as the Production Manager at North Hills Community Baptist Church.
Congratulations, Greta! We can't wait to see what is in store for you.
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