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Margaret Lorince Endowment Fund Established

Following a generous bequest from the late Margaret Lorince, MTNA has established an endowment fund in her memory.

"Margaret was the driving force behind the Foundation's endowment funds," says MTNA Executive Director Gary Ingle. "It only seemed fitting to use the money from Margaret's estate to establish a fund in her name.

"My last meeting with her was at the Salt Lake City conference in 2003. She was there to be recognized as a FOUNDATION Fellow, but also because the FOUNDATION was considering a monumental decision for its future," Ingle adds. "Margaret was a stakeholder whose opinion mattered. At the conclusion of my presentation, she said, 'Gary, it's the right move.' And with her blessing, I knew we should proceed."

MTNA president from 1991 to 1993, Lorince held numerous other positions with MTNA, including Pedagogy Committee chair, MTNA FOUNDATION Trustee, chair of the MTNA FOUNDATION Board of Trustees and, most recently, a member of the Planned Giving Committee. In 2003, she was honored by MTNA as a FOUNDATION Fellow.

"Margaret Lorince had a knack for knowing not just how to do things right, but knowing the right things to do," says MTNA President Paul Stewart. "It's a powerful combination, and MTNA was the beneficiary of her skills."

Lorince held a B.A. degree from Oklahoma City University and an M.M. degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Lorince, a founding member of the West Virginia MTA, was awarded professor emerita status by West Virginia University (WVU) after a career as an applied piano teacher, director of the preparatory department and developer of an undergraduate and graduate pedagogy emphasis program. Lorince also served as WVU's assistant chair of music from 1963 to 1965 and assistant dean of the college of creative arts from 1985 to 1986. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Oklahoma City University. Throughout her career, she had articles published in Keyboard Companion and AMT.

After moving to the Isle of Palms, South Carolina, Lorince devoted her energies to teaching piano and volunteering in the Charleston Symphony League, the Charleston Music Club and the Isle of Palms Garden Club. She chaired the Symphony League's Arts Advocacy Committee, promoting funding for arts education in South Carolina.

To contribute to the Margaret Lorince Endowment Fund or for more information about establishing an endowment fund, contact the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND at (888) 512-5278 or or go to

Estate Planning

An estate gift to the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND can make a positive statement to your family and friends regarding your priorities, as well as make a tremendous difference in MTNA's future. A good attorney and estate planner can help you coordinate your planning and provide added assurance that everything is prepared legally and according to your wishes. Two brochures about estate planning and making a will are available through the FOUNDATION FUND, at no cost.

If you would like more information about including MTNA in your estate plans, please contact the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND office at (888) 512-5278 or
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Title Annotation:Music Teachers National Association establishes Margaret Lorince Endowment Fund
Publication:American Music Teacher
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Date:Dec 1, 2005
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