Longtime NATS member and former NATS Foundation President Louise Lerch is being honored posthumously by the naming of the $1,000 third prize in the National Music Theater Competition as the Louise Lerch Award. Lerch’s close friend Jolie Stratton of Irving, Texas, is funding the award.
In establishing the award Ms. Stratton said, “Louise had an infectious love for music, and dedicated her life to music and teaching young people. She had a passion for music theater and worked extensively with NATS as an accompanist, board member and music reviewer. Honoring Louise in this way is the perfect fit. This award will be one way ensuring that her giving spirit and encouragement live on.”
“Louise Lerch was a dedicated leader in NATS with many years of service to both NATS and the NATS Foundation,” NATS Executive Director Allen Henderson said. “She also spent many years working with the NATS Intern Program encouraging publishers to contribute publications to help NATS interns build their music libraries. This is a fitting tribute to an outstanding teacher.”
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