2014 Barlow Prize GuidElines

2014 Barlow Prize Competition
$12,000 Commission
New Work for Saxophone Quartet

The winning composer will receive a $12,000 commission from the Barlow Endowment to compose a major new work for saxophone quartet.  A national performing consortium of three prominent quartets will premiere the work in 2016: PRISMZZYZX, and the United States Air Force Academy Band's Saxophone Quartet. 

The 12-15 minute 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, but no sooner than January 1, 2015, and the other half will be paid when the finished score is submitted to the Endowment.

There are no restrictions with regard to musical style, nationality, age, gender, race, religion, or political persuasion. The only limitations are: 1) composers who have won the Barlow Prize in the previous five years will not be considered; and 2) members of the Barlow Boards are not eligible.

Composers may apply for the Barlow Prize by filling out an application found on our website. Anonymous submission is not necessary. Supporting materials should be sent by regular or express mail and must include a résumé of compositional activity and exactly two sample scores (no electronic copies—hard copies only).  One of these compositions (not an arrangement or recasting of an earlier work) must be no more than five years old. At least one score must show a command of writing for saxophones.  The other may be any example that showcases the composer at his/her best. Scores with recordings are considered extremely helpful in the judging process. Scores with recordings are considered extremely helpful in the judging process.  For ease of handling, judges urge composers to burn a single CD containing both submitted works, and to use multiple tracking for multi-movement works. Be certain the CD case lists detailed program and track information. The judging panel will not be able to review cassette tapes, MP3, DVD, video, midi, or DAT formats. FAQs

Applications must be received no later than June 1, 2014.  This deadline is absolute—the Endowment is not obligated to respond to composer requests for any exception, and will not consider applications received after that date.  We encourage contestants from outside the United States to mail their materials early to avoid problems caused by postal delays.FAQs

The Barlow Prize will be judged by the Barlow Endowment Board of Advisors and additional guest judges representing the interests and perspectives of the performers. The Barlow Endowment will notify the winner, participants, and friends of the Endowment of the results before August 31.  If, in the opinion of the judging panel, no applicant merits the Barlow Prize, it shall not be awarded.

The Barlow Endowment does not return scores, recordings, or any other materials submitted by applicants. Meticulous care will be exercised in processing all materials submitted, but neither the Endowment nor Brigham Young University will be responsible for lost or damaged scores or recordings. FAQs

Please send the application and all
required materials to:

ATTN: Rebecca Ott
Barlow Endowment

A-501 Harris Fine Arts Center
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602
USAFor Express mail send materials to:

ATTN: Rebecca Ott
Barlow Endowment

701 East University Parkway
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602

Telephone:(801) 422-2818

All materials must be RECEIVED by
JUNE 1-annually
Please plan accordingly.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of the number of applications the Barlow Endowment receives, we will inform applicants about the receipt of their materials via email after they are processed. This will be no later than June 30th. Unfortunately, the Endowment cannot consider special requests prior to that date.

All applications must be sent by regular post or express delivery. Follow the link below to the application, print it from your browser, and complete the application. Please send the application, letter, and other materials together in one envelope.

Click here to download an application in either PDF or Word document format.

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