Traditional Music Summer Camp for Ages 14-17

UL Lafayette, July 25-27
in partnership with Louisiana Folk Roots

Louisiana Folk Roots and the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Memorial Endowed Chair in Traditional Music announce Roots Camp for ages 14-17 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, July 25-27, 2016 in Angelle Hall on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus.

This exciting and rigorous new program for young musicians is an outgrowth of Louisiana Folk Roots’ wildly successful Cajun and Creole Summer Camp for Kids ages 8-14 every June. The debut three-day Roots Camp will focus on essential elements of musicianship including arranging and improvisation. Prospective students will apply by uploading two performance videos. The cost for the three-day camp is $200.00, and accepted campers will purchase their own lunches daily in the UL Lafayette Student Union.

“We’ve been honored to work with so many exceptional young musicians and incredibly gifted teachers over the course of our 10 Kids Camps, and we’re very excited to launch this promising next chapter,” said Todd Mouton, Executive Director of Louisiana Folk Roots.

“There are many accomplished young learners out there who are ready for a taste of what we offer at the university level,” added Dr. Mark DeWitt, Professor of Music and holder of the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Chair.
The camp will be directed by noted fiddler, accordionist and educator Jonno Frishberg, and the camp staff will include Chris Munson of the UL Lafayette School of Music as well as Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Brazos Huval of Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys.

Roots Camp is open to accordionists, fiddlers and guitarists from ages 14-17. To apply, prospective students must upload their video audition files by 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 5. Students should submit two files, one of them performing a song of their choice, and another of them performing “La valse de vacher,” which was recorded by Dennis McGee and Ernest Frugé more than 80 years ago. For more information on uploading audition videos, please e-mail

For more information on Roots Camp, please e-mail or call Louisiana Folk Roots at or (337) 234-8360.

Media contact:
Todd Mouton or Marsha Engelbrecht
Louisiana Folk Roots
340 Fisher Road
Lafayette, LA 70508-2028

The Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music at UL Lafayette sponsors a curriculum that gives student musicians, who learn by ear, an opportunity to improve their craft in styles such as Cajun, zydeco and bluegrass; to develop an academic foundation in music; and to become advocates for their culture. Each year, several high-profile artists come to campus to teach hands-on music classes for credit, while others visit classes occasionally or as featured artists in residence.

B.A. in Music with a Concentration in Traditional Music

Visit the UL Lafayette and School of Music websites to learn about the Traditional Music Curriculum.

If you are interested in becoming a traditional music major, contact Dr. DeWitt.

The mission of the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is to stimulate interdisciplinary research on the foundations and diversity of traditional music worldwide and to advance the preservation, instruction, and performance of traditional music with an emphasis on traditions that have developed in Acadiana. The program began in the Fall of 2010. It is now possible to earn a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Traditional Music as well as a Music Minor with a Traditional Music emphasis. New classes and programs continue to be developed with involvement from musicians in the community.

For more information, please contact:

Mark DeWitt