MTNA Foundation Fellow Program

The Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow program offers a meaningful method for honoring deserving individuals while supporting the efforts of the MTNA Foundation Fund through a donation to the Foundation Fund in an individual’s name.

2021 MTNA Foundation Fellow

This year, WSMTA is delighted to announce that Laurie Eash, NCTM has been confirmed as the Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow from Washington State for 2021.

This is an incredible, national honor, given to “deserving individuals who have made significant contributions to the music world and the music teaching profession.”  The award was given in March, 2021, at the now-virtual MTNA national conference.  (It was originally to have been held in Atlanta, Georgia.)

To celebrate each fellowship, charitable contributions are being given to the MTNA foundation fund.  Money in this fund helps to pay for the MTNA competitions, and for student scholarships. The nomination is confirmed when $1,500 is raised in each honoree’s name. After the award is given, a letter detailing the names of their donors is sent to each of them, so they will be able to thank all those who supported their nominations.

To contribute in support of Laurie, click on this link.

At the bottom of the form, there is a list of funds and endowments.  Make sure to scroll past that list to the box marked ‘Fellow,’ and to write Laurie’s name in that box.  That way, the gift will go towards her fellowship funds. You have to do this in order for her to receive credit.

About Laurie

Laurie Eash, NCTM,  started her studies in piano at age 6, and never ended  this love affair of piano music!  Former teachers have been Rosaline Moldenhauer, Catherine Haugan, Dr. James Edmonds, Dr. David Rostkoski  and Kendall Feeney.  She continued her lifelong interest by taking private lessons, attending workshops and various continuing education courses.   Laurie is a graduate (Magna cum Laude) of Eastern Washington University, where she completed a BA degree in Music.  Active in MTNA for her entire career, she currently serves as President of Spokane Music Teachers Association.   She formerly held the office of President of Washington State Music Teachers Association, chair of the Education board, as well as many other chairmanships at the state level.  Laurie recently was honored to receive the “Honorary Lifetime Member” award from WSMTA.

Laurie taught in her private studio for 43 years before semi-retiring in June 2020.  She currently delights in teaching a small studio of adult students.

Laurie accompanies and performs both organ and piano, and is Organist and choir director at her church.  She has been recorded on the compact disc Spokane Organists Unlimited, which was nationally broadcast on “Pipe Dreams”, a National Public Radio program.  She has also performed on Spokane Public Radio with her duet partner David Rostkoski.

Laurie Eash receiving the Honorary Life Membership Award in 2019.

Laurie Eash, WSMTA Past President and former Chair of the WSMTA Education Board