CTBA Elections, Scholarships, Letter from the President

9 Sep 2021 6:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


Are you passionate about bluegrass? Do you have a vision for the bluegrass community? Do you like collaborating? The Central Texas Bluegrass Association is putting a call out for CTBA members to serve on the CTBA Board from 2022-2024.

Ballots will be going out on October 1st, and we're hoping to have our lineup of candidates in place by September 15th or so. If you're interested in getting involved or learning more, please shoot us a line at CTBA@CentralTexasBluegrass.org.

And - by the way - now is a great time to check your membership status! All members of the CTBA in good standing will be able to vote in the election, swing on over to CentralTexasBluegrass.org/Login and make sure your membership is active. Any questions, shoot us a line at CTBA@CentralTexasBluegrass.org.


The CTBA is excited to announce our 2021 Willa Beach-Porter Scholarship recipients!

Izaak Mora, age 15, banjo

Round Rock, TX

Chris Cheek, age 20, guitar

Austin, TX

Martina Stecklein, age 15, mandolin

Sugar Land, TX

Congratulations to all of the recipients!!!

In lieu of bluegrass camps, recipients will be participating in a year-long program studying with master musicians through Artistworks. This year's recipients will be working with Noam Pikelny (banjo), Bryan Sutton (guitar) and Sierra Hull (Mandolin). We are incredibly grateful to ArtistWorks, they have been an invaluable partner in keeping our scholarship program viable the past two years.

For more information about how you can study with the masters, visit ArtistWorks.com.


Central Texas Bluegrass Community,

On August 31st, 2021, I resigned from the CTBA Board after three years as I transition into a full-time role supporting our unhoused neighbors.

Serving on the board has been nothing short of an incredible learning experience with so many challenges but mostly an emboldened sense of gratitude, grass, and community.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to the CTBA Board and all of our members who have given so much time and energy to keep CTBA afloat even amidst a global pandemic, severe winter storm, and everything in between.

At the September Board meeting, the CTBA Board elected CTBA Vice-Preisdent Chris Jones to finish my term, through the end of 2021. Best of luck and many thanks, Chris!

Take care of each other, and happy pickin’ y’all!

Libby Brennan

IBMA Member

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