Vernacular Music Scholarship Created At Texas Tech

DATE: May 2, 2006
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons,
(806) 742-2136

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech University's Vernacular Music Center has announced the creation of a new permanently endowed Vernacular Music Center Scholarship.

The Vernacular Music Center studies, teaches and performs cultural and historical oral-tradition and popular music.

The scholarship will be a competitive award granted annually to a Texas Tech student with expertise in traditional or vernacular performance arts. The first scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2007.

The student winning the competitive auditions will serve as a coach, ensemble leader, recitalist and participant in the annual fund-raising Caprock Celtic Christmas concert.

Christopher Smith, director of the Vernacular Music Center, said the scholarship will allow the university to draw on the musician's expertise as a performer over the course of the entire year.

"In essence, the Vernacular Music Center Scholarship makes it possible for Lubbock and the Texas Tech community to have a top-notch vernacular musician-in-residence for the award year," said Christopher Smith, director of the Vernacular Music Center.

Donations made to the Vernacular Music Center Scholarship are tax-deductible. For information about donating to the scholarship endowment, contact Director William Ballenger in the Texas Tech School of Music at (806) 742-2270, ext. 222, or e-mail

CONTACT: Christopher Smith, director, Vernacular Music Center, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2270, ext. 249, or e-mail