About Us

We Enjoy the Arts!   For 100 years and counting . . . . . .


Our commitment to history in the restoration of Presser Hall has been a 25 year + endeavor that has awarded the communities in mid Missouri some of the best entertainment one could possibly see anywhere.  After accomplishing such a daunting task as restoration, fund raising, and public events, Presser has moved into the next phase of community service, by becoming a full “Performing Arts Center” offering a full array of arts education.

So much has been preserved, accomplished, and achieved.  Restoration is never finished.  Please consider us when giving, we are a not-for-profit organization that truly appreciates all our generous donors!

Presser Hall was originally part of the Hardin College Campus.  Hardin College was the first female seminary in the state of Missouri.  Theodore Presser initially provided the funds for the building of Presser Hall as a concert hall.  Mr. Presser was a well known philanthropist and planted hundreds of Presser Halls all over the United States.  We like to think of him as the “Johnny Appleseed of Music”.

There are over 20 remaining Presser Halls in the country today, but only 2 have retained the original floor plan and design.  Presser Performing Arts Center is one of those two halls.

Presser was constructed in 1925.  Many famous performers have graced the Presser stage.  MANY Thanks to the Restoration Society, its’ many board members over the years and the countless donors for providing a place that we can call home to house the cultural, fine art, and performing arts in our area!

• 1987 Presser Hall Restoration Society was formed as a non-profit to save and restore the building.

• 2007 Presser Hall Restoration Society hired an Executive Artistic Director to enter the next phase of their plan of developing a performing arts center.

• 2008 The first Presser Summer Camp is offered (Music Man).

• 2010 New programs and opportunities are limited by available space.

• 2012 A Feasibility Study is planned to address growth and space limitations.

• 2013 Space limits are set on Voice instruction, Piano Instruction and Summer Camps.

• 2014 Opportunities are planned for a growing future with a Capital Campaign.

Presser Performing Arts Center

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