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A Legacy of Music

Trust provides new pianos for the Halton Theater and Tate Hall

James Douglas Zeller taught Music Appreciation and Applied Music at Central Piedmont Community College from 1974 until his untimely death in 2006 at the age of 59. He was a teacher who inspired learning and a zeal for music. Mr. Zeller was passionate about the Music Program at CPCC and chose to "continue the music" by establishing a revocable living trust, naming CPCC's Music Program as the primary beneficiary.

At Mr. Zeller's request, his gift was used to purchase a Steinway concert grand piano for the Halton Theater and a piano for the Tate Recital Hall, both in the Overcash Academic and Performing Arts Center. Other priorities included the establishment of a James Douglas Zeller Endowment to provide scholarships to CPCC students preparing for music careers, a Zeller Music Performance Endowment for student productions and visiting artists, and equipment updates for the newly-named Zeller Music Laboratories.

Dr. Scott Bauer, Division Director, Arts and Communication, said, "Doug's gift will raise CPCC's Music Program to new heights." We are very grateful to Mr. Zeller for his service to CPCC and for his lasting legacy.