JUNE 6-8, 2019

Black Bayou Composition Award

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.

Submission Guidelines

In order to be considered submissions must adhere to the following guidelines. All submissions that follow the below criteria will be considered:

Selection Process

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

2019 Judges