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Upcoming Premieres

2019 Barlow Prize Winner Tawnie Olson's premiere of
"Beloved of the Sky", will be performed and recorded
on June 11, 2022 in Philadelphia, PA.

2020 Barlow Prize Winner Bekah Simms' "metamold"
will be premiered by Crash Ensemble on
Sunday, April 25, 2021, and be live streamed by
the New Music Dublin Festival.
Additional access information to follow.

Daniel Bradshaw, distinguished composer and
BYU-Hawaii Professor, is the new Executive Director
for the Barlow Endowment for Musical Composition.
Dr. Bradshaw received his doctoral degree in music
composition from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Professional honors include awards from the American Music Center,
the Minnesota Orchestra, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition
and the American Composers Orchestra.

New Executive Director

Writing in a variety of styles and genres, from large orchestral
works to interactive electronic pieces, Bradshaw’s musical
compositions have been described as "simply beautiful," "stunning,"
and "multivalent and haunting."

Bradshaw will fill the role previously held for six years by
Ethan Wickman, who is a composer and professor of music
at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

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
403 total commissions awarded.

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 application materials must be UPLOADED ELECTRONICALLY
The online application system will close automatically at 11:59pm (MDT) on June 1 and will NOT accept any submissions after that time. The Endowment does not make exceptions for submissions delayed because of natural disasters, faulty internet or applicant neglect. Please plan accordingly.

Due to the current health situations that are evident in the world that may impede mail delivery, all submission materials will be uploaded electronically.  DO NOT mail in your submission materials.  Detailed instructions on the electronic submission of scores are provided in the application. 

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.