New Music on the Bayou Festival

New Music on the Bayou Festival 2021
June 3 – June 5, 2021
Call for Scores – Submission Deadline March 7, 2021

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 three-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. The featured ensembles will be the NMB Percussion Group (up to 4), Duo Per Se (clarinet/piano), the Black Bayou Brass Trio, and the Delamo Duo (single reeds and keyboard percussion). Other available instrumentation is listed at Electronic works with or without video are encouraged as well.

Safety Protocols: Given the unknowns in regard to the health situation that will exist in June, we want to assure those that are able and willing to travel to the festival that all reasonable efforts will be made to ensure a safe environment for all festival attendees. This will most likely include caps on attendance at all events and social distancing in all indoor venues, and possibly mask mandates in some situations. We will follow all guidance given by the CDC, the state of Louisiana, and the institutions of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana Tech University, And Grambling State University. We are also offering the possibility of virtual participation for the 2021 festival.

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 2022 NMB Black Bayou Refuge event. Other finalists will receive $100 each. More details can be found at

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 ULM Biedenharn Recital Hall, Black Bayou Wildlife Refuge, and the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens.

Up to three works may be submitted at $20 for the first and $5 for each additional work. For 2021 composers must either be at the festival in person or participate in festival events virtually in order to have their piece performed. More details are available at or by emailing


Deadline 7 March 2021


March 7


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