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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 DanielpourString Quartet No. 2Muir Quartet
    Michelle EkizianSaber DancesWestchester Orchestra
    Maurice GardnerFive BagatellesDalton/Barrus Duo
    Adolphus HailstorkFestival MusicBaltimore Symphony
    Remigijus MerkelysMissa “L’homme Armé”Juana Muzika Choral Society
    George TsontakisPerpetual SolitudeHudson Valley Chamber Orchestra
    Andy VoresWetherby NocturneKathleen Supove(piano)
    Henry WolkingForever Yesterday (El Ayer, Siempre)Boise Chamber Orchestra and Idaho Ballet

    Robert CundickSonata for Violincello and PianoDrinkall-Baker Duo
    Daniel GawthropTuffer and the GruffsAmerican Boys Choir
    Brent PierceJesus the ChristMormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square
    Marden PondGebungeRirie-Woodbury Dance Company
    David SargentFive Sketches for Brass QuintetEastman 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 CurrierVocalissimusConsortium
    Robert MaggioImaginary DancesOakland East Bay Symphony
    David OttConcerto for Tenor and Saxophone and OrchestraCanton Symphony
    Alice ParkerThat Sturdy VineVancouver Chamber Choir & Orchestra
    Christopher RouseKaroljuBaltimore Symphony
    David StockThe Center HoldsSt. Paul Chamber Orchestra
    Eric StokesThe Ghost Bus to EldoradoAmerican Composer’s Orchestra
    Augusta Read ThomasHaikuStony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players
    Dan LocklairConcerto GrossoBarbara Harbach (harpsichord)
    Chinary UngGrand SpiralArizona University Band

    Newel Kay BrownFlowers Over the WallCarter Enyeart (cello)
    Denton Chamber Orchestra
    Darwin WolfordPsalms of Beauty, Psalms of LightAmerican West Symphony & Chorus

    Joseph Schwantner“Evening Land” SymphonySt. 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 AlexanderThe Azure That Is DarknessVivace at Tulane University
    Shulamit Rannot completedVivace at Tulane University
    Robert Rodriguez Jargon (renamed We the People)Knoxville and Dallas symphonies
    Debroah Drattell The Fire WithinRansom Wilson (flute) and Richmond Symphony

    Harriet P. BushmanCantata No. 1 Now Behold, A Marvellous WorkLondon Church Choir
    Stephen JonesPenumbral TapestriesEmory University Wind Ensemble
    Joseph DowningConcerto for Woodwind Quintet and Orchestral WindsNorthwestern 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.

    1985Lukas FossRenaissance ConcertoCarol Wincenc and the Buffalo Philharmonic
    1987Ezra LadermanSecond Piano ConcertoEmmanuel Ax and the American Composer’s Orchestra
    Gyorgi LigetiNonsense MadrigalsKing’s Singers
    Joan TowerViolin ConcertoElmar Oliveira and the Utah Symphony
    Linda WilliamsVariations on an American ThemeNorwalk Youth Symphony
    1988Judith Shatin AllenThree Summers HeatMarilyn Boyd DeReggi and the Sistrum New Music Ensemble
    John GoodmanString Quartet No. 2Muir Quartet
    Daron HagenCommon GroundMilwaukee Symphony
    Lowell LiebermannSonata for Flute and GuitarPaul Robison and Eliot Fisk
    Michael SchelleRestless Dreams Before the Big NightKansas City Symphony
    1989Richard DanielpourMetamorphosisNew York Chamber Symphony
    William KraftSong of Flowers, Bells, and DeathBYU Percussion Group with Choir
    Paul MoravecSpiritdanceSanta Cruz Symphony
    Thea MusgraveWind QuintetOrpheus Winds
    Gunther SchullerThe Past is in the PresentCincinnati Symphony
    Chinary UngString Quartet No. 1Vermeer Quartet
    1992William BolcomLyric ConcertoJames Galway and the St. Louis Symphony
    Wen-Chung ChouCloudsCleveland Quartet
    Nathan CurrierTwo Pieces for HarpMarie-Pierre Langlamet
    Jonathan KramerNotta Sonata for Two Pianos and PercussionCincinnati Percussion
    Cindy McTeeThe Twittering MachinePittsburg New Music Ensemble
    1993Stephen ScottMusic for Bowed Piano and Chamber OrchestraLos Angeles Chamber Orchestra

    1984Robert CundickSong of the HeartMormon Tabernacle Brass Quintet
    Daniel GawthropEstherChurch Choir in DC
    Robert ManookinRabboniMormon Tabernacle Choir
    Deon Nielson PriceTwo CantatasRowan Taylor
    David SargentIntarsiaJohn Marcellus and the Rochester Philharmonic Brass
    David ZabriskieSaurosJulie Zumsteg and the Chicago String Ensemble
    1985Robert RowberryBrass QuintetCincinnati Bass
    Rowan TaylorViolin Concerto No. 2Los Angeles Pierce College with Mark Taylor
    1987Lynn ShurtleffLaugh ClownSan Jose Ballet
    David ZabriskieStarret LakeCleveland Octet
    1988Daniel GawthropThree NocturnesArlington String Orchestra
    1989Stephen JonesThe Image of the Singing AirCincinnati Chamber Orchestra
    Michael RunyanThe Age of the Offered HandIndianapolis Symphony
    David ZabriskieMirrored IllusionsChicago Piano Quartet
    1992Glenn PalmerElysian Spheres, Symphony for BandUniversity of Michigan Band