New Music on the Bayou Festival

The New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival is a chance for contemporary composers to engage with performers in open rehearsals and to have their new works performed by professional ensembles/musicians in an intense four-day event. A central focus of the festival is connecting composers with the unique features of north Louisiana and introducing the communities there to modern chamber music. Performers will be provided. Featured ensembles and performers can be found at Electronic works (with or without video), installation works, and live/improvisatory works will be accepted as well.

Accepted compositions will be rehearsed in an open forum giving composers the opportunity to work with their performers and experience other rehearsals as well. Concert venues will include the Ruston Artisans, Louisiana Tech Biomedical Engineering Rotunda, Black Bayou Wildlife Refuge, and the Biedenharn Recital Hall.

Up to three works may be submitted at $20 for the first and $5 for each additional work. Composers must be present at the festival in person or virtually (if selected for one of the four virtual spots available) to have their piece performed. More details, including submission instructions, are available at or by emailing

COMPETITION: The Black Bayou Composition Award will be awarded to the composition that best reflects the connection between music and the natural world. The winner will receive a $500 commission to write the ambient music for the 2024 NMB Black Bayou Refuge event. Other finalists will receive $100 each. More details can be found at


Deadline 19 February 2023



February 19


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