MAY 31 – JUNE 3

About New Music on the Bayou


Producing professional performances of works by contemporary composers; giving modern music a voice; inspiring communities with fresh ideas about the performing arts.


New Music on the Bayou (“NMB”) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Louisiana and headquartered in Monroe, LA. Coordinated by Mel Mobley and Greg Lyons, the organization was formed to bring its namesake summer festival to the community for the first time in 2016.

The New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival is a chance for contemporary composers to work with professional performers during the rehearsal process and to have their new works performed by professional ensembles and musicians in an intense four-day festival. The festival features concerts at traditional and non-traditional venues. All submissions are eligible for the Black Bayou Composition Award monetary prize.


The current Board of Directors includes Mel Mobley (President), Greg Lyons (Vice-president/Secretary), Sarah Keil Waller (Treasurer), James Paul Waller, Tina Mullone, Lisa Maxedon, Nancy Miller, Charles Jackson, Jana Giles and Scot Humes. If you are interested in volunteering for the Board or at events, please contact us.

Media Rights

All bayou photography associated with the NMB website and promotional materials was provided by John Rea. Our website is designed and maintained by Sarah Keil Waller. New Music on the Bayou reserves the right to use recordings and images from the festival on our website and promotional materials.


For more information, send a message to or use the contact form. Our legal address is 675 Rowland Drive; Monroe, LA, 71203.