Barlow Prize 2014
$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: 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.
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Barlow 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.
FEBRUARY 14, 15, 16, 2014
Dan Visonti's Barlow Prize piece, Lonesome Roads, by the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic at the Villa Aurelia in Rome, Italy. Time TBA.
MARCH 8, 2014
Michael Quell's General Commission, A Blurring Cloud, by Ensemble Aventure at the Music Academy of Hessia, Schlitz, Germany at 8 pm.
MARCH 10, 2013
Michael Quell's General Commission, A Blurring Cloud, by Ensemble Aventure at the Music Academy of Thuringen, Sondershausen, Germany.
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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.
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.