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Upcoming Premieres

Stacy Garrop's 2017 Prize Commission,
Rites for the Afterlife,
will be premiered by Akropolis Reed Quintet
on October 19, 2018, at 7:30pm
at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois.

Yang Zheng's 2014 Chinese Commission,
The Fleeting Sacred River,
will be premiered by BYU's Group for New Music
on November 8, 2018, at 7:30pm
at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Tina Tallon's General Commission,
excision no. 2 - they didn't know we were seeds,
will be premiered by Kurt Rohde and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
on March 3, 2019 at 7:30pm
at the Berkeley Hillside Club in Berkeley, California.

Mission Statement

The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University
encourages and financially supports composers who demonstrate
technical skills and natural gifts for the composition of great music.
The Endowment achieves this through its Barlow Prize,
commissioning programs, and support of student composers.

Barlow Prize 2019

$12,000 Commission
New Work for Pierrot ensemble + percussion and electronics

The winning composer will receive a $12,000 commission for a major new work for Pierrot ensemble + percussion and electronics.
The work will be performed by a consortium of ensembles (TBD) in 2021. 

The work is expected to meet the highest artistic requirements for the medium. Additional specifications for the work will be negotiated among
the Barlow Endowment, the composer, and the performing consortium. Half of the commission fee will be paid when the contract for the
commission is signed,and the other half will be paid when the finished score is submitted to the Endowment.

All applications and scores must be
RECEIVED before close of business on JUNE 1. 
The Endowment does not receive mail on Saturday, Sunday, or US national holidays–please plan accordingly.

Send materials to:

ATTN: Rebecca Ott
Barlow Endowment

A-501 Harris Fine Arts Center
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602

Express mail address:

ATTN: Rebecca Ott
Barlow Endowment

701 East University Parkway
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-2818

(Note: USPS might not initially recognize this address, but it is correct)

Other Commissions

Composer Commissions are available to composers or performing groups desiring collaboration for significant new musical works.

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The Barlow Endowment

The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition was established in September of 1983 under the auspices of Milton A. and Gloria Barlow, who presented a substantial gift to Brigham Young University to engender and support excellence in musical composition. The Board of Directors and Board of Advisors have subsequently been engaged in employing the proceeds of the Endowment to support four programs: The Barlow Prize, General Commissions, LDS Composer Commissions, and Education Grants.