Maria Loida Tirtawinata passed away in Los Angeles. Born in Baguio City, Philippines, to Brigido and Florencia Cruz, Loida received her bachelor's degree in music from the University of the Philippines. In 1961 she was a Fulbright scholar at the UCLA Graduate School of Ethnomusicology, specializing in Indonesian music. She married Eddie Tirtawinata in 1962, and a son, Daniel, was born in 1963.
The Tirtawinatas settled in Vallejo in 1973 and Loida began teaching classical piano at home. In 1977, she opened the Vallejo Conservatory of Music where, in addition to piano, she ran a preschool using Montessori-style technique. Loida was also very active with the Solano Branch of the Music Teachers Association of California. Di-vorced in 1983, she continued teaching at the conservatory until her retirement in 2002. She moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to live with her son and daughter-in-law Sachi Yagyu.
A memorial gathering for friends, students and family will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at the home of Norman Ortiz, 111 Corkwood Street, Vallejo (707) 642-0377.
Donations in Loida's memory are being accepted for the Music Teachers Association of California Loida Tirtawinata Scholarship, c/o Norman Ortiz, 111 Corkwood Street, Vallejo CA 94590.