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1983-1997 Reports

  • 1991 International Competition Winners

    This year, as there were two award categories, the winning works were Among Friends for clarinet, violin and piano, by Chan Ka Nin of Toronto, Canada; and Scenes from the Brothers Grimm for Brass Quintet by Timothy Greatbatch of Carnegie, Pennsylvania. Mr. Chan’s piece was played by the Carnegie Chamber Players at the Chamber Music America Showcase in San Francisco (Jan 1992). Mr Greatbatch’s piece is scheduled for performance by the Empire Brass in their next season.

    Other Commissioning Programs Winners
    The Endowment also granted awards in its commissioning programs to thirteen other composers, who were commissioned to compose pieces for the following ensembles, listed below.

    Richard Danielpour String Quartet No. 2 Muir Quartet
    Michelle Ekizian Saber Dances Westchester Orchestra
    Maurice Gardner Five Bagatelles Dalton/Barrus Duo
    Adolphus Hailstork Festival Music Baltimore Symphony
    Remigijus Merkelys Missa “L’homme Armé” Juana Muzika Choral Society
    George Tsontakis Perpetual Solitude Hudson Valley Chamber Orchestra
    Andy Vores Wetherby Nocturne Kathleen Supove(piano)
    Henry Wolking Forever Yesterday (El Ayer, Siempre) Boise Chamber Orchestra and Idaho Ballet

    Robert Cundick Sonata for Violincello and Piano Drinkall-Baker Duo
    Daniel Gawthrop Tuffer and the Gruffs American Boys Choir
    Brent Pierce Jesus the Christ Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square
    Marden Pond Gebunge Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
    David Sargent Five Sketches for Brass Quintet Eastman Brass

    Premieres and Performances

    Augusta Read Thomas’ Haiku  (Barlow Commission 1990) was performed April 28, 1991 by the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players.

    Dave Zabriskie’s Starret Lake (Barlow Commission 1987) was performed again by the Cleveland Octet. He has also had recent performances by the Chicago Piano Quartet, William Derger, and the Chicago String Ensemble with Lyon Leifer.

    Eric Stokes’ Ghost Bus to Eldorado (Barlow Commission 1990) premiered at Carnegie Hall last year.

    Mark Phillips’ Turning, the co-winner of the 1988 Barlow International Competition in Orchestral Music, was recently performed at the Blossom Festival with Leonard Slatkin conducting the Cleveland Orchestra.

  • 1990 International Competition Winners


    The winning work this year was Heroes, Lost and Fallen, by David Gillingham of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. There were 103 entries in this year’s competition with some 30 states and several foreign countries represented. Jack Gallagher of Wooster, Ohio, and James DeMars of Tempe, Arizona were given honorable mentions. The winning work was performed by the University of Illinois Band at the CBDNA convention in Kansas City on February 20. The invited judges were Richard Strange of Tempe, Arizona, and Larry Curtis of Long Beach, California, both prominent Band Directors. For more information about
    David Gillingham, Barlow Competition Winner, consult his website.

    Other Commissioning Programs Winners
    The Endowment also granted awards in its commissioning programs to thirteen other composers, who were commissioned to compose pieces for the following ensembles, listed below.

    Sebastian Currier Vocalissimus Consortium
    Robert Maggio Imaginary Dances Oakland East Bay Symphony
    David Ott Concerto for Tenor and Saxophone and Orchestra Canton Symphony
    Alice Parker That Sturdy Vine Vancouver Chamber Choir & Orchestra
    Christopher Rouse Karolju Baltimore Symphony
    David Stock The Center Holds St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
    Eric Stokes The Ghost Bus to Eldorado American Composer’s Orchestra
    Augusta Read Thomas Haiku Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players
    Dan Locklair Concerto Grosso Barbara Harbach (harpsichord)
    Chinary Ung Grand Spiral Arizona University Band

    Newel Kay Brown Flowers Over the Wall Carter Enyeart (cello)
    Denton Chamber Orchestra
    Darwin Wolford Psalms of Beauty, Psalms of Light American West Symphony & Chorus

    Joseph Schwantner “Evening Land” Symphony St. Louis Symphony

    Premieres and Performances

    Premieres were given during the year to Barlow Commissioned works by Ezra Laderman, Deon Nielson Price, Rowan Taylor, Daniel Gawthrop, Daren Hagen, John Goodman, Michael Runyan, Richard Danielpour, Stephen Jones, Chinary Ung (2), Paul Moravec, and Augusta Read Thomas.

  • 1986 International Competition Winners

    the winning work this year was Winds of Nagual for band. The piece was written by Michael Colgrass of Toronto, Canada.
    The Endowment would also like to recognize the following composers for their works, which the judges deemed worthy of honorable mention:

    Brent Heisinger of San Jose State University for his Concerto for Piano, Winds, and Percussion; David Maslanka, of New York, for Symphony No. 2 for concert band; Robert Xavier Rodriguez of Texas, for Seven Deadly Sins suite for band; Stanley Walden of New York, for Invisible Cities; and Bent Lorentzen of Denmark, for Deep, his concerto for alto saxophone, winds, and percussion.

    Other Commissioning Programs Winners
    The Endowment also granted awards in its commissioning programs to seven other composers, who were commissioned to compose pieces for the following ensembles, listed below.

    Kathryn Alexander The Azure That Is Darkness Vivace at Tulane University
    Shulamit Ran not completed Vivace at Tulane University
    Robert Rodriguez  Jargon (renamed We the People) Knoxville and Dallas symphonies
    Debroah Drattell  The Fire Within Ransom Wilson (flute) and Richmond Symphony

    Harriet P. Bushman Cantata No. 1 Now Behold, A Marvellous Work London Church Choir
    Stephen Jones Penumbral Tapestries Emory University Wind Ensemble
    Joseph Downing Concerto for Woodwind Quintet and Orchestral Winds Northwestern University Wind ensemble

    Premieres and Performances

    Premiere performances were given in Buffalo of Lukas Foss’ Renaissance Concerto with Carol Wincenc as soloist. In Chicago the premiere of David Zabriskie’s Saurus: A Concerto for Cello and String Ensemble was premiered with Julie Zumsteg as soloist.

  • Premieres of Barlow Pieces

    Listed below are the Barlow premieres and the premiering ensembles from 1983-1993.

    1985 Lukas Foss Renaissance Concerto Carol Wincenc and the Buffalo Philharmonic
    1987 Ezra Laderman Second Piano Concerto Emmanuel Ax and the American Composer’s Orchestra
    Gyorgi Ligeti Nonsense Madrigals King’s Singers
    Joan Tower Violin Concerto Elmar Oliveira and the Utah Symphony
    Linda Williams Variations on an American Theme Norwalk Youth Symphony
    1988 Judith Shatin Allen Three Summers Heat Marilyn Boyd DeReggi and the Sistrum New Music Ensemble
    John Goodman String Quartet No. 2 Muir Quartet
    Daron Hagen Common Ground Milwaukee Symphony
    Lowell Liebermann Sonata for Flute and Guitar Paul Robison and Eliot Fisk
    Michael Schelle Restless Dreams Before the Big Night Kansas City Symphony
    1989 Richard Danielpour Metamorphosis New York Chamber Symphony
    William Kraft Song of Flowers, Bells, and Death BYU Percussion Group with Choir
    Paul Moravec Spiritdance Santa Cruz Symphony
    Thea Musgrave Wind Quintet Orpheus Winds
    Gunther Schuller The Past is in the Present Cincinnati Symphony
    Chinary Ung String Quartet No. 1 Vermeer Quartet
    1992 William Bolcom Lyric Concerto James Galway and the St. Louis Symphony
    Wen-Chung Chou Clouds Cleveland Quartet
    Nathan Currier Two Pieces for Harp Marie-Pierre Langlamet
    Jonathan Kramer Notta Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion Cincinnati Percussion
    Cindy McTee The Twittering Machine Pittsburg New Music Ensemble
    1993 Stephen Scott Music for Bowed Piano and Chamber Orchestra Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

    1984 Robert Cundick Song of the Heart Mormon Tabernacle Brass Quintet
    Daniel Gawthrop Esther Church Choir in DC
    Robert Manookin Rabboni Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Deon Nielson Price Two Cantatas Rowan Taylor
    David Sargent Intarsia John Marcellus and the Rochester Philharmonic Brass
    David Zabriskie Sauros Julie Zumsteg and the Chicago String Ensemble
    1985 Robert Rowberry Brass Quintet Cincinnati Bass
    Rowan Taylor Violin Concerto No. 2 Los Angeles Pierce College with Mark Taylor
    1987 Lynn Shurtleff Laugh Clown San Jose Ballet
    David Zabriskie Starret Lake Cleveland Octet
    1988 Daniel Gawthrop Three Nocturnes Arlington String Orchestra
    1989 Stephen Jones The Image of the Singing Air Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
    Michael Runyan The Age of the Offered Hand Indianapolis Symphony
    David Zabriskie Mirrored Illusions Chicago Piano Quartet
    1992 Glenn Palmer Elysian Spheres, Symphony for Band University of Michigan Band