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Donor Spotlight

The UNI School of Music wishes to acknowledge one of our extraordinary donors this year. Marleta Matheson is an outstanding supporter of music at UNI and has created a lasting legacy.

Marleta MathesonMarleta Matheson served as a staff accompanist, taught a piano accompanying course, and was head of Group Piano on the faculty of the UNI School of Music from 1964 to 1990. She also was a keyboardist for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, worked with UNI Suzuki School students, and was actively engaged with the Young Artists’ Concerts for the Hearst Center for the Arts. 

Marleta receive her bachelor’s degree from Simpson College and a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. Due to her excellent musicianship skills, she was chosen as a member of Mu Phi Epsilon and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies. 

Marleta taught public school music for two years in Fairfield, Iowa before arriving in Cedar Falls. During her career at UNI, Marleta spent countless hours teaching, practicing, rehearsing, and performing for students, faculty, guest artists, and community organizations. She has served as a member of the Cedar Falls Rotary Club for more than 30 years and served as Advisory Board Member and Hospitality Coordinator for the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition at UNI. Marleta, along with her late husband Charles, received the Howard V. Jones Leadership and Philanthropy in the Arts award in 2008. In 2012, Marleta was inducted into the UNI School of Music Hall of Fame, due to her untiring and extremely dedicated service to so many musicians over the years.   

According to John Vallentine, Director of the School of Music, "Marleta Matheson has been an incredible supporter of the School of Music. As our graduates and faculty know, she accompanied a multitude of recitals for decades and was known for her incredible artistry and skill as a pianist, collaborator and dedicated faculty member. Marleta and her late husband, emeritus professor Charles, established a scholarship and development endowment for the School of Music which has benefited students for many years with tuition and travel support. Most recently, Marleta supported and volunteered for the Midwest International Piano Competition at UNI. Marleta Matheson's contributions have made a significant impact on the School of Music."

In addition to the Charles and Marleta Matheson award (awarded annually at the Performance Competition Finals Spotlight Series concert), Marleta is also a long time supporter of the School of Music Scholarship Benefit Concert and was a foundation donor to the Russell Hall renovation and expansion project.

The UNI School of Music wishes to extend our warmest thanks to Marleta Matheson for her continued support.