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

The New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival is a chance for contemporary composers to intersect with professional performers over the course of an intense multi-day event in rehearsals and concerts. Our goal is to inspire the region with new ideas about music and to inspire composers with the unique landscapes and cultural offerings of north Louisiana. The schedule is designed to create several opportunities for composers to engage with each other, the performers, and the audiences. An open rehearsal format is utilized to provide greater insight into the music of the festival. By rotating through multiple venues, we aim to bring the music to the people of the community and generate interest and attendance at the concerts and events.


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 current Board of Directors includes Mel Mobley (President), Greg Lyons (Vice-president), Sarah Siereveld (Treasurer), Eric Siereveld, Steven Cunningham, Michael Austin, Trevor Davis, Scot Humes, Claire Vangelisti, Luna Rocha, Vanessa Kanamoto, Duncan Fontenot, and Joseph Ham. If you are interested in volunteering for the Board or at events, please contact us at  info@newmusiconthebayou.com

Media Rights

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 info@newmusiconthebayou.com. Our legal address is 675 Rowland Road, Monroe, LA, 71203.

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