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

PRISM Quartet

ZZYZX Quartet

United States Air Force Academy Band's 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: PRISM, ZZYZX, 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.

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 an exception and will not consider applications received after that date.

For more information on the Barlow Prize, please click here.

Barlow Performances

Aaron Travers Barlow Prize winning piece, Exodus, will recieve its world premiere on September 16, 2014 at Indiana University. The piece will then be performed on tour at the University of Chicago on October 11, 2014 and on November 15, 2014 at Harvard University.

For more information about premieres and performances, please click here or view our Facebook page here.

Visconti given 2014 ted fellowship

Dan ViscontiBarlow Prize Winner Dan Visconti was just named a 2014 TED Fellow and his music will be featured by several orchestras in the US in 2014.

The TED Fellowship committee said,"For his ongoing creative initiatives using classical music to engage social issues and under-served communities, Dan has just been awarded a 2014 TED Fellowship and joins a select group of next-generation innovators of unusual accomplishments who show potential to positively affect the world."

Dan will deliver a TED talk at the 2014 TED Conference in Vancouver.

Please send applications and all
required materials to:

ATTN: Rebecca Ott
Barlow Endowment

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

Send Express mail 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.

Download an application here as a PDF or Word Document.

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.

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.

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