Matrisha Armitage - Executive Director
Matrisha Armitage has been a notable figure in the Eugene music community for many years. In addition to running a successful bookkeeping company - Armitage Solutions, Matrisha is a professional performing musician with her husband since they were teens, Stereo Minds. Long-time youth leadership mentor volunteering in many organizations.
Prior to founding MEPAA, Matrisha managed, volunteered, and provided grant support for several other arts and youth-focused nonprofit organizations including Leadership Education Adventure Direction (L.E.A.D.), The Dragon Family Foundation, Self-Reliant Center, Healing Harvest and Books to the People.
In 2015 Matrisha founded MEPAA and absorbed several local programs that fit the mission of providing access to music education and supportive resources in safe spaces. Grrrlz Rock, Kidz Rock and MuseArt have become the founding and continued programs of MEPAA ongoing success.
Nancy Meston - Operations Manager
Nancy Meston has been a performing artist and music teacher in her home town of Eugene for many years and played with several bands.
Her organizational and financial background have contributed to supporting the back office needs for MEPAA while also working direct service with MuseArt and music workshops whenever she gets the chance.
A talented violin player and mother of a youth musician, Nancy is the Managing Director of The Eugene Piano Academy and shares her skills with both organizations. An integral member of the team she has helped with several MEPAA expansions and kept the foundation in place through many growing changes and will continue to support upcoming progress.
Nancy dedicates her life to music and when she isn't managing music organizations she is playing around town with several groups.
Noela Estrada - Workshop Coordinator
Music came into Noela’s life at the age of 8 when she started playing piano on a tiny keyboard that her mom bought for her. Since then, she has also learned viola, violin, cello, clarinet, flute, saxophone, guitar, and euphonium.
Music is Noela’s pride, joy, and job! She teaches at Music Masters, a local music studio that focuses on making music fun and accessible to people from all walks of life. She strongly believes that music should be for everyone and should bring people together rather than dividing them.
This belief is what drew her to MEPAA in the first place. By participating in MEPAA’s programs, the initial intimidation that many people experience with playing an instrument goes away—in just an hour or two! You can see how happy kids and adults are when they are creating music. This is Noela’s greatest joy in the work she does, and she loves that the entire MEPAA team feels the same way.
Aside from playing music, her hobbies include photography, cooking, making puppets, and being outside.