2018 Barlow Prize Winner

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he Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University proudly announces the 2018 Commission winners. After reviewing 159 submissions from 18 countries, the judging panel awarded Stacy Garrop of Chicago, Illinois, the $12,000 Barlow Prize to compose a major new work for reed quintet. The panel also granted Takuma Itoh of Honolulu, Hawaii, the distinction of Honorable Mention.

Dr. Garrop is a graduate of Indiana University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan. Currently Music Alive’s composer-in-residence with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and previous faculty member at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Dr. Garrop has received commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation, the Barlow Endowment, Utah Arts Festival, the Detroit Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and many others. She has also attended residencies at the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Center for the Arts, McDowell Colony, Millay Colony, Oxford Summer Institute, Round Top Festival, Ucross Foundation, Wellesley Composers Conference and Yaddo. In addition her music has been performed by the Albany Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Gaudete Brass Quintet, San Francisco Choral Society, Volti, and many others.

Dr. Itoh’s music has been described by The New York Times as “brashly youthful and fresh.” Dr. Itoh is the recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Music Alive, the ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize, several ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, as well as distinctions as a participant in the ACO Underwood New Music Readings, the Symphony in C Young Composer Competition, and the New York Youth Symphony First Music initiative. Currently a faculty member at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, he holds degrees from Cornell University, the University of Michigan, and Rice University.

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Prize Recipients

YEAR COMPOSER PIECE ENSEMBLE (S)
2017
Violin-Piano duo
Gilad Cohen, USA David Bowlin and Spencer Myer, Duo Diorama,
and Alexander Woods and pianist
2016
Symphony Orchestra
Alberto Colla, Italy Ode by the Earth (Symphony N.4) San Antonio and Utah Symphonies, and an orchestra at the
Beijing Modern Music Festival
2015
Saxophone Quartet
Ben Hjertmann, USA Awake, Alive, Amok, Ajar US Air Force Band Saxophone Quartet,
PRISM, and Zzyzx
2014
Wind Ensemble
Narong Prangcharoen, Thailand Lokuttara Florida State University Wind Orchestra,
United States Marine Band, 
BYU Wind Symphony
2013
A Capella Choir
Forrest Pierce, USA Gratitude Sutra BBC SingersLatvian Radio ChoirVolti
2012
Woodwind Quintet
Clint Needham, USA Imaginary Dances Fifth House, Imani Winds
 Orpheus Winds
2011
Piano Trio
Dan Visconti, USA Lonesome Roads Deseret Piano Trio, Gryphon Trio
Triple Helix
2010
Trombone Concerto
Benjamin Ellin, England Pandora Joseph Alessi 
BYU Philharmonic Orchestra
2009
String Quartet
Harold Meltzer, USA Aqua Avalon QuartetLydian Quartet
Pacifica Quartet
2008
Percussion Ensemble
Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Mexico Memos NexusKroumata, So Percussion
2007
Wind Ensemble
David Rakowski, USA Cantina for Wind Orchestra University of Michigan Symphony Band
US Marine BandBYU Wind Symphony
UCLA Wind Ensemble
SMU Meadows Wind Ensemble
2006
Chamber Ensemble
Luca Antignani, Italy II Viagggio di Humbert Network for New Music Ensemble
Indiana University New Music Ensemble 
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
Ensemble X
2005
Choral Music
Judith Bingham, England Ghost Towns of the American West VocalEssenceBBC Singers
University of Utah Singers
2004
Orchestra
Brian Current, Canada Symphonies in Slanted Time American Composers Orchestra
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
2003
Organ Work
Aaron Travers, USA Exodus Organ Consortium (Fredd Swann 
Pamela Decker, Kimberly Marshall 
Christopher Young, Donald Cook)
2002
Sacred Song Cycle
Kenneth Frazelle, USA From the Song of Songs Erie Mills
2001
Choral Music
No prize winner for 2000
2000
Orchestra
Kevin Puts, USA Symphony no. 2 Utah SymphonyCincinnati Symphony
1999
Solo Piano
Henry Martin, USA At Midnight’s Hour Logan Skelton
1998
Choral Music
Maija Einfelde, Latvia Psalm 15 Brigham Young University Singers
Kansas City Chorale
Netherlands Radio Choir 
Vancouver Chamber Choir
1997
String Quartet
Chris Theofanidis, USA Visions and Miracles Cassatt Quartet 
Cuarteto Latino Americano
Muir Quartet
1996
Orchestra
David Dzubay, USA Sun Moon Stars Rain Minnesota Orchestra
Baltimore Symphony
St. Louis Symphony

In 1995 the Endowment instituted a new policy changing the nature of the prize to a commission with a consortium performance. Previously, composers sent in already completed works and the judges selected winning pieces to be granted awards.

YEAR COMPOSER PIECE ENSEMBLE (S)
1995
Chamber Music
Zhou Long, China Tian Ling Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble
Wu Man (pipa)
 (2nd Place) Bruce Hamilton Kinetikos
1994
Choral Music
Joseph Lukasik, USA Ho Hiyuwaye University of Colorado University Choir
Dale Warland Singers
 (2nd Place) Jean Belmont Songs of Memory
(3rd Place) Maggie Payne Desertscapes
(4th Place) Harue Kondoh Children’s Prayers to God
1993
Orchestra
Otto Ketting, Netherlands Symphony no. 3 Baltimore Symphony
1992
Chamber Music and Brass Quintet
(Brass Quintet)
Timothy Greatbatch, USA
Scenes from the Brother’s Grimm (Books 1&2) Empire Brass
 (Chamber Music) Chan Ka Nin, Canada Among Friends Carnegie Chamber Players
1991
Concert Band or Wind Ensemble
David Gillingham, USA Heroes, Lost and Fallen Ann Arbor Symphony Band
1990
Choral Music
No winner selected
(2nd Place) Dan Locklair “Changing Perceptions” & Epitaph  The Choral Art Society of Portland, Maine
(3rd Place) Jean Belmont The Bells Elmer Iseler Singers
(4th Place) Mark Winges  Yeats Fragments
1989
Orchestra
(1st Place tie) Gerard Brophy, Australia Not Available St. Louis Symphony
(1st Place tie) Mark Phillips, USA Turning St. Louis Symphony
1988
Chamber Music
Daron Hagen, USA J’entends Lehner Trio
 (2nd Place) Bruce Stark Not Available
 (3rd Place) Nathan Currier Not Available
(4th Place) Attila Remenyi Not Available
1987
Band or Wind Ensemble
Michael Colgrass, Canada Winds of Nagual Band/Wind Ensemble
1986
Choral Music
L. Dean Nuernberger, USA Planctus Super Iniquitates Hominum Choral Ensemble
(2nd Place) Duane Heller, USA Motet I: O Magnum Mysterium
(3rd Place) John Herrmann (aka Hans Hermann Meyerowitz), USA Improperia
(4th Place) Thomas Benjamin, USA Unto the Hills