The New Music on the Bayou Festival Committee was overwhelmed by the incredible response to our Call for Scores. There were a host of compelling pieces in every category with high-quality works submitted from all around the world. We wish we could have selected even more compositions, but we are limited by our number of performers, rehearsal hours, and performance slots. We want to thank everyone for your submissions, and look forward to an exciting festival.

As stated in the rules for submission, composers must attend the festival in whole or in part to have their piece performed and must be at the concert at which it is performed.

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Composers selected to participate will be receiving e-mail communication from us regarding many important festival details. If you are not receiving these messages, please contact us at The following requests have already been sent out; if you have not responded, please do so at your earliest convenience:

  • REQUEST FOR PARTS and Biographies
  • Travel arrangements

    The submission period ran from March 5 to April 4, 2016; notice of acceptance was sent on April 11, 2016. Composers may submit up to 3 compositions; there is a $20 entry fee for the first submission and $5 for each additional submission. Performers will be provided. Composers must be in attendance to have works performed.

    The jury in charge of selecting the works for the festival shall include the festival directors and their appointees. These will include festival performers as well as outside conductors and composers not involved with the festival.

    As part of the festival, and in honor of our regional area wildlife refuge Black Bayou, we will be awarding a prize of $500 to the composition that best reflects the connections between the natural world and music. The Black Bayou Composition Award will be adjudicated by an outside panel of musicians not involved with the festival. The winning composition will be featured on the final concert of the festival at the Dixie Theatre in Ruston, LA.