The Lou Cavic FOUNDER'S AWARD
Tamburitza Association of America (TAA)
2019 HALL OF FAME
Lu Ann Chmura
Lu Ann was born in Cleveland, Ohio, into a Polish and Croatian background. She was exposed to both cultures at a very young age. Starting at the age of 7, she enjoyed playing the prim and brac, singing and dancing with the Zagreb Jr. Tamburitzans for 14 years then joining several local adult tamburitza and dance groups (Adria Tamburitzans and Slava).
She was a member of the all-female orchestra Danice and became a self-taught bass player and also performed with the Šarena Orchestra. Lu Ann recorded LP records, cassettes and CD’s with both orchestras. Lu Ann was a member of the Žumbercani Adult Orchestra in Cleveland for 10 years playing prim. During this time period, she also played in the Novi Žice and Stara Banda orchestras and plays with the Continental Strings Orchestra.
Lu Ann is a member of the CFU Žumberak Lodge 859 and the SNF Lodge #108. She served on the CFU United Lodges of Cleveland committee, also as the Sports Director and on the Social Planning Committee of CFU Lodge 859.
Lu Ann served on the TAA Audit Committee before being elected to the Board. In 2007, she co-chaired the TAA’s “First Ever Halfway to Extravaganza Bonanza” in Cleveland, Ohio, and subsequently received the TAA President’s Award for its success. Lu Ann co-chaired the 2012 Extravaganza in Columbus, Ohio, the first time it was held in Ohio since 1975. In 2017, Lu Ann again co-chaired the Extravaganza in Milwaukee where she was also presented with a 50-year pin for her years of playing tambura. Lu Ann has been a TAA Board Member for 17 years and is currently serving as the Vice President and Editor of the TAA’s newsletter.