University of Idaho music student receives Presser Foundation award
MOSCOW, Idaho – May 26, 2021 – Liam Marchant, a saxophone and major in composition at the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music, is the 2021 recipient The Presser Foundation Undergraduate scholarship.
Selected by the faculty, the $ 4,000 award recognizes Marchant’s high level of academic and musical achievement as well as his leadership and citizenship.
“I kind of live and breathe music,” said Marchant, a Moscow resident. During his three years at the U of I, he was lead viola in various jazz ensembles, a Vandal Marching Band section and team leader and is treasurer of the campus saxophone club.
“I want to amplify voices and facilitate this connection to the world,” Marchant said.
When he’s not playing a saxophone, he loves discovering new music on Google Earth. His current fascination is the music of Ghana, especially the vocal and drum traditions of the Volta region. At Boise High, Marchant’s curiosity for the world took him to Cambodia in 2018 as a volunteer for a bicycle distribution program organized by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights. Witnessing the stories, sounds and traditions of others around the world solidified his vision of uniting the world in music.
Marchant plans to study music in Ghana next summer. Over the next few months, he will work with University of Oregon Associate Professor Barry Bilderback, Library Professor Olivia Wikle and Habib Iddrisu, Ph.D. at the University of Oregon, as part of an initiative to preserve Ghana’s digital performing arts culture through a scholarship with the U of I’s Digital Inquiry and Learning Center.
“The Presser Award is our most prestigious honor bestowed on a current student by the faculty of the Lionel Hampton School of Music,” said Vanessa Sielert, Director of LHSOM.
“It is a long-standing tradition that we are very proud to recognize. Liam Marchant has illustrated the Presser Scholar in all aspects of his work in music school, and we can’t wait to see what he does in the year ahead.
About the Presser Foundation
The Presser Foundation was established in 1939 by the trust and wills deeds 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 wide range of classical, chamber, choral and vocal symphonic music performance and education through general operating and program grants to music organizations; capital grants for music construction projects; scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students; and help for retired music teachers. Much of the foundation’s grants are focused on organizations and institutions within 120 kilometers of downtown Philadelphia. For more information: presserfoundation.org
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