2017 Legacy Award Winner
The Legacy Award recognizes teachers who've created a great legacy for the music community. Criteria for consideration includes having a membership of at least 10 years in UMTA and MTNA, and service as an officer at the local or state level. Professional accomplishments, service to the community, and the nurturing and mentoring of students are also taken into consideration. Nominations are made and voted upon by UMTA Board Members.
Lois Matthews, NCTM was raised in the small town of Ashton, Idaho, and began taking piano lessons in the sixth grade, becoming church organist at age 14. After receiving her Associate of Arts Degree from Ricks College, attending the University of Wyoming and BYU, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Honors English/Communications from Weber State University. She worked for five years as an Admitting Coordinator at the LDS Hospital in SLC, two years as a bookkeeper at the Ramada Inn in Evanston, Wyoming, and five years as a Deputy Court Clerk in Layton, Utah.
Lois has taught private piano for 51 years, full-time for the last 30 years. Her students have participated in several International PianoTeams® competitions, including Gina Bachauer, where her teachers' team, The Rocky Mountain PianoTeam, placed in the finals, and KSL interviewed her students. She is a Permanent Professional Certified Teacher of Music with the National Music Teachers Association as well as a licensed teacher of the Well-Prepared Pianist. She has studied with N. Jane Tan, Seymour Fink, David Engle, Paul Pollei and Seymour Bernstein. Earlier, she enjoyed studying with Barbara Stucki, Lenora Brown and Madelyn Taylor.
Her dual membership in the Ogden/Davis Chapters, service as UMTA President and ongoing service, have provided opportunities for further musical growth and great associations. Maintaining a large and varied clientele of private students, coaching PianoTeams® and performing at community events helps fulfill her lifelong pursuit of music. She is proud to claim six children, sixteen grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.