In 1983 Milton A. and Gloria Barlow established the
Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at
Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
The Endowment has subsequently been dedicated to
promoting excellence in music composition with over
373 total commissions awarded.

$12,000 Commission
New Work for a Song Cycle for Soprano and Piano

The winning composer will receive a $12,000 commission for a
major new work for a Song Cycle for Soprano and Piano.
The work will be performed in 2022 by a consortium of illustrious soparanos:
Tony Arnold, Sharon Harms, Diane Reich and Carrie Henneman Shaw

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 after January 1st when the contract for the commission is finalized,
and the other half will be paid when the finished
signed and dated score is submitted to the Endowment.

Barlow Prize 2020

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Upcoming Premieres

Charles Halka’s Barlow General Commission
"Entropia/Neguentropia" will be premiered by
ÓNIX Ensemble on Sunday, March 8, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Performing Arts Center at Western
Washington University, Bellingham, WA.

Erin Rogers' Barlow General Commission
“On View” will be premiered by Kamraton on
Sunday, March 22 @ 4:00pm
She Scores Festival 2020 , 937 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA

Andy Akiho’s Barlow General Commission,
“Seven Pillars” will be premiered by Sandbox Percussion
on April 17, 2020 at 8:00pm in the Mondavi Center
UC Davis, Davis, CA.

Aaron Hegelson’s Barlow General Commission,
“The Book of Never” will be premiered by The Crossing
on July 2, 2020 at 7:00pm The Presbyterian Church
of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PN

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.

All applications and scores must be
RECEIVED before close of business on JUNE 1.

The Endowment is open M-F, 8am-5pm (Mountain Time), and does
not receive mail on Saturday, Sunday, or US national holidays.
The Endowment does not make exceptions for submissions delayed
because of natural disasters, faulty internet or mail services operations,
applicant neglect, or country customs legalities.
Please plan accordingly.


Send materials to:

ATTN: Rebecca Ott
Barlow Endowment

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

Express mail address:

ATTN: Rebecca Ott
Barlow Endowment
Brigham Young University
701 East University Parkway
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-8611

(Note: USPS might not initially recognize this address, but it is correct)

Other Commissions

Composer Commissions are available to composers or performing groups desiring collaboration for significant new musical works.

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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.