The application procedures have changed for all commissions.
Please read carefully.

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

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

Tawnie Olson’s Barlow Prize Commission
"Beloved of the Sky," will be premiered by
The Crossing on July 2, 2020 AT 7:00pm at
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 application materials must be

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 submitted 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.