Presser, William

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Born: April 19, 1916

Died: August 2004

Country: Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.A.

Studies: Univ. of Michigan (M.M.), Eastman School (Ph.D.)

Teachers: Roy Harris, B. Rogers, Burrill Phillips, Gardner Read

WILLIAM PRESSER was born in Saginaw, MI in 1916. He received music degrees from Alma College, University of Michigan (M.M. in violin), and the Eastman School of Music (Ph.D. in theory). His teachers included Roy Harris, Gardner Read, Bernard Rogers, Burrill Phillips, and Pierre Monteux. Dr. Presser passed away in August 2004.

Dr. Presser performed as violinist and violist in the San Francisco Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and other orchestras, and taught at colleges in six states, primarily the University of Mississippi in Hattiesburg where he served on the faculty from 1953 until his retirement in 1981. He also taught at the National Music Camp at Interlochen.

Presser began composing at age 25 and won many awards, with music in the catalogs of over twenty publishers. His chamber works for winds and brass are staples of the repertoire, appearing on many contest lists and college recitals.

William Presser founded Tritone Press & Tenuto Publications in 1961 and over his 41-year tenure built a catalog of over 350 works by over 50 American composers.[1]

Works for Percussion

Five Duets - Timpani; Tuba
Two Postludes - Percussion Trio; Marimba (2); Timpani


  1. William Presser Short Bio Tritone and Tenuto Publications Retrieved 5/20/2012