Teacher Scholarships for MTNA Conference

Scholarships up to $75 are now available to help defray fees for the upcoming MTNA Conference to be held in Spokane this March.  To apply for a scholarship, state your request for financial assistance to attend the conference and send via email to SMTA president Colleen Hunter at    [email protected].  All applications will be confidential.

Announcement from the American Guild of Organists

The Spokane Chapter of the American Guild of Organists seeks your help in identifying interested and qualified students for its Organ Academy, a short course of organ lessons with the twin goals of interesting young people in the organ, and entering them in theOrgan Division of Musicfest Northwest.

The program provides ten 45-minute private lessons with a qualified teacher for the cost of $100 – two more lessons than last year! One of the most enjoyable features of the course is the Saturday morning practice sessions, held at different churches, allowing the students to meet and play for each other, and to experience different organs in the city. Aformal recital is presented prior to Musicfest so that students feel ready to play for the festival adjudicator.

Prospective students must be age 10-20 and able to play the easier Bach Preludes and/or Inventions. A text book is provided, with the option to purchase it at a reduced price at the end of the course if the student wishes to keep it.

Students who participated in the 2018 program are invited to do so again to further their skills without a long-term commitment.

The Musicfest adjudicator is Dr. S. Andrew Lloyd, organ professor at the University of Texas, San Antonio. He grew up in Spokane and is delighted to be returning here. He is also presenting a recital on Sunday, May 12, prior to the Musicfest Organ Division on Tuesday, May 14.

Thank you for helping us find interested and qualified students! Registration deadline is February 1, 2019. An orientation meeting takes place in mid-February.

For more information, contact Janet Ahrend at (509) 624-5627 or [email protected]

Click here to download the application:

Organ Academy 2019 Application



MTNA Conference Registration Deadline


December 5 is the last day to register for the MTNA Conference at the discount rate.   Be sure to sign up today!

2019 MTNA Foundation Fellow Nominees

This year, WSMTA is delighted to announce that Lois Jacobson, and the late Dr. David Rostkoski have been nominated as the two Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellows from Washington State for 2019.

This is an incredible national honor given to deserving individuals who have made significant contributions to the music world and the teaching profession.  The award will be given at the Gala Banquet of the MTNA national conference in Spokane, Washington, on Monday, March 18th, 2019.

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 the honoree’s name. Thanks to a grant from WSMTA, and the support of some very kind individuals, we are well on the way there. But we do need your help. After the award is given, a letter detailing the names of their donors is sent to the honorees, so they will be able to thank all those who supported their nomination.

To contribute in Lois’ or David’s honor, click on this link. 
When you open the link, you will be taken to a contribution form. The first thing it asks you is for your information.

After you fill in your information, scroll down the form. You will see the sentence “Please use my gift for:”  followed by a long list of endowments.

Make sure to scroll past that list to the box marked ‘Fellow.’  You must write “Lois Jacobson” or “David Rostkoski” in the box marked “Fellow.”  That way, the gift will go towards their fellowship funds. You have to do this in order for them to receive credit.

Make sure to attend the Gala banquet on Monday, March 18th in Spokane at the national conference, to witness them being honored.