Sponsored annually by the Presser Foundation, this award is made to an outstanding senior majoring in music. The award consists of $500 from the foundation which is matched by the University with a tuition credit of $500 for the student's senior year. Financial need is not a consideration. As provided in Mr. Presser's will, the subjects studied by the student selected must not be confined to music but "must include, at least to the extent of one-third, other academic subjects." Selection is made by the UNH President and the Chair of the Music Department.
2016 Recipient: Kelli Minelli
The Department of Music has named Kelli Minelli as the 2016 Presser Scholar. Kelli is an alumna of Hanover High School, and is currently a Voice Performance major at the University of New Hampshire. A member of the University’s Honors Program, Kelli has been named to the Dean’s List Highest Honors for six semesters, and received a Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the summer of 2015. With this grant, she studied Bernard Herrmann’s opera, Wuthering Heights, and presented this research in the 2015 Keith Polk Lecture Series. Kelli traveled to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA this past summer with funding from the Steele Grant to continue her research on the compositions of Bernard Herrmann. Kelli performs with the UNH Chamber Singers and Concert Choir and was the mezzo soprano soloist in the Fall 2014 performance of Beethoven's Mass in C Major. This winter Kelli was also a finalist for the Portsmouth Symphony Young Artist Vocal Competition. Ms. Minelli teaches group voice lessons at Spaulding High School as well as private voice lessons. She hopes to continue her work on film music and twentieth century opera at the graduate level and plans to pursue a long-term academic career in this field.