The Black Bayou Composition Award is given to the submission that “most closely reflects the connection between music and the natural world.” The award includes a cash prize and a commission for the 2020 New Music on the Bayou festival.
In order to be considered submissions must adhere to the following guidelines. All submissions that follow the below criteria will be considered:
- Submissions must be anonymous. There can be no name on the score, program notes or in the computer filenames.
- Audio files cannot include the composer’s name. If a link to a Drobox folder or Google drive is given, the file must be available for download.
- Scores without sound files are admissible.
- Composers must take part in the entire festival by attendance at each concert.
- Composers who are also paid performers at the festival or otherwise involved in the organization are not eligible.
- Composers who have previously won the award are not eligible. Runners up are eligible.
The selection process is as follows. After selecting repertoire for the festival, the festival selection committee will recommend no more than 25 pieces to be adjudicated by outside judges for the award. The outside judges are given a rubric that includes composition quality, creativity, and programmatic content (connection to the natural world). The judge’s scores are returned to the festival directors who then tally the winners and announce the awards at the last concert. Any submission winner unable to attend the entire festival will be bypassed and the next highest score will be moved up.
Festival Selection Committee
Mel Mobley, Gregory Lyons, Scot Humes, Trevor Davis, James Boldin, Rick Seiler, Claire Vangelisti, Michael Pounds, Paul Christopher, Joann Martinson Davis, Eric Siereveld