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Kutztown University has received a $250,000 grant to support the construction of the school's new Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research.

The funds are being provided by The Presser Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1939 that supports music education and philanthropy.

"Given the environment of continued uncertainty due to the pandemic, the foundation is pleased to be in the position to support music organizations of a great variety of scale and purpose," Corey R. Smith, chair of the Capital Support Committee at The Presser Foundation, said in a statement announcing the grant.

Kutztown will use the money to support the building of the Wells-Rapp Center, which will be a space for performances and research.

The 13,250-square-foot facility will include a 2,100-square-foot performing space and rooms dedicated to each of the specialized collections of rare marimbas, xylophones, vibraphones, bells and chimes.

"We are grateful to The Presser Foundation for helping to fund this unique, world-class facility," Alex Ogeka, executive director of the Kutztown University Foundation, said in a statement announcing the grant. "This is an important addition to students studying music in Kutztown University's College of Visual and Performing Arts, as well as to the entire Kutztown community."

The $6.4 million Wells-Rapp Center project is expected to break ground soon and be completed in mid-2022.

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