Murray Present Montclair Murray Present, 91, of Montclair, passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. He was the Oldest Surviving Professor Emeritus at Montclair State University. Funeral Services will be held on Monday 11 A.M. at Shook's Cedar Grove Funeral Home, 486 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove 07009. Visiting Hours will be held on Sunday from 3 to 7 P.M. in the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.shookscedargrove.com. Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1921. His early years were spent in Lansing, MI, during which time he studied music in Detroit and has been a resident of Montclair, NJ since 1948. He was a graduate of Michigan State University in East Lansing and of the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. At Juilliard, he studied on fellowship with Josef and Rosina Lhevinne. In 1954, he was awarded the Prix Jacques Durand in piano and the Prix Dinu Lipatti in chamber music at the Conservatoire American at Fountainebleau, where he was a member of the Master Class of Robert Casadesus. Following these distinctive honors, he was invited to make recordings for the Radio-Diffusion Nationale Francaise in Paris. In the USA, his appearances as a soloist with orchestra have included the Detroit Civic Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and others. His first orchestral appearance took place at the age of fourteen under the baton of Izler Solomon. Throughout his career as a pianist he performed in recital on radio in Michigan and at radio station WNYC in New York City. Mr. Present has given frequent recitals in New York, New Jersey, Midwest and Europe. These engagements have included Steinway Concert Hall, the New York Town Club, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Montclair Art Museum and many others. Mr. Present was a professor at Juilliard School of Music and was one of the original faculty members at Montclair State University. At Montclair State University, he attained the longest tenure of any faculty member in the history of the university. He was known as an adjudicator for musical contests throughout the state as well as in New York. He was a longtime member of the New Jersey Music Educators Association. He was the deloved son of the late Nathan H. Present and Clara Davis Present, and devoted nephew of the late Edith Davis. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Montclair State University Music Department.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 7, 2012