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Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair

Tommy Comeaux was a local physician and music lover who died in a cycling accident in 1997. The Endowed Chair in Traditional Music is the result of a grass roots effort in his honor and for love of roots music. There is a lot of goodwill in the community and support for this project.

Over $600,000 of the endowment was raised over the years by members of the Lafayette community, to which the Board of Regents added $400,000 to fund the Chair. The University administration is enthusiastic and solidly supportive of this project.

A surprising richness of resources in and around Lafayette support the research. Some of these include:

UL Lafayette

Community Resources

Regional Resources

State Resources


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University of Louisiana at Lafayette

School of Music

The School of Music offers BM and MM degrees. Two of its concentrations are particularly well suited to form partnerships with traditional music, and are in fact already engaged in that area:

Music Media division coordinator: Robert Willey has been involved in documenting regional culture:

Center for Louisiana Studies - located a few blocks away in the library

The Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism

Cultural tourism


KRVS - campus radio station and NPR affiliate, even closer than the library, actively involved in broadcasting regional music, Internet streaming, active partnerships with School of Music

Other related campus programs

Cinematic Arts Workshop, directed by Charles Richard. samples: [ Congres mondial acadien ] [ Solar home project ]

Folklore Studies - courses and concentrations offered by Department of English

Francophone Studies - French and folklore concentrations through Department of Modern Languages


Community resources

Cultural Agencies

Economic Development



Lafayette is the hub of South Louisiana's vibrant musical culture. Here are just a few of the many musicians who live in the area:


There are many festivals in the area, and two larger ones in Lafayette:



liberty theater

Regional resources

KRVS mapKRVS broadcast area

Rendez-vous des Cajuns - weekly live concert in Eunice featuring Cajun music

UL Eunice archive

KSMB radio

Way Down In Louisiana - Todd Mouton's resource

New Orleans

New Orleans is two hours away, and is well known for its jazz and other roots music traditions. We have some friends there who may want to develop partnerships.


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State resources

Ann Savoy


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