The winning composer will receive a $12,000 commission from the Barlow Endowment to compose a major new work for Reed Quintet. The winning composer’s work will be premiered in 2019 by a consortium of three quintets: Akropolis (Michigan), BYU (Utah) and the Calefax (Netherlands).
The 15-20 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.
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.
2) Members of the Barlow Boards are not eligible.
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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.
|Exactly two (2) hard-copy scores|
|Recordings of the two scores, indexed on one (1) CD (highly recommended)|
|Composer Resume and biographical sketch|
|Printed PDF of Online Application|
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.
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.
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. If, in the opinion of the judging panel, no applicant merits the Barlow Prize, it will not be awarded.