New Work for SATB Unaccompanied Choir
The winning composer will receive a $12,000 commission for a major new work of 9-12 minutes for SATB unaccompanied choir. The work will be performed by a consortium of choirs: BYU Singers (Utah); two-time Grammy nominated choir, Seraphic Fire (Florida); and the 2017 Grammy nominated choir and Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence recipient, The Crossing (Pennsylvania).
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.
Guidelines for Applying
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 in the Prize competition. FAQS
2) Members of the Barlow Boards are not eligible. FAQS
Note: Your application is saved automatically and closing the browser will not result in lost data. In order to resume the application process, you must re-open the application link on the same device you began your application.
Below is a basic checklist of the submission materials for the Barlow Prize competition. All materials must be received by the Endowment before close of business on June 1. FAQS
|From your email: Printed PDF of Online Application|
|Exactly two (2) hard-copy scores FAQS|
|Recordings, if included, should be uploaded with the application form in .aac or .mp3 formats. FAQS|
|Composer Résumé of compositional activity and brief biographical sketch FAQS|
The Barlow Endowment does not return scores or any other materials submitted by applicants. FAQS
Applications and all materials must be RECEIVED before close of business on June 1st of each calendar year. This deadline is absolute—the Endowment is not obligated to respond to composer requests for any exception, and will not consider applications or materials received after that date. We encourage contestants from outside the United States to mail their materials early to avoid problems caused by postal delays. Note: the university does not receive mail on Saturday, Sunday, or US national holidays. FAQS
The Barlow Prize will be judged during the summer by the Barlow Endowment Board of Advisors and additional guest judges who represent 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. FAQS If, in the opinion of the judging panel, no applicant merits the Barlow Prize, it will not be awarded.