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2005 Annual Report

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    The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University is pleased to announce commission winners for our 2005 competition. After reviewing 465 composer applications from 33 countries worldwide, the judging panel awarded Luca Antignani of Veroli, Italy, the $12,000 Barlow Prize to compose a new work for chamber ensemble. The judging panel also granted Martin Bresnick of New Haven, Connecticut, the distinction of Honorable Mention in this competition.

    Mr. Antignani studied composition from Milan’s Scuola Civica graduating in 2000. His honors include a variety of European citations, honors, and prizes, as well as a commission from Luciano Berio to compose a work for the 2004-2005 season of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

    For more information about Luca Antignani, Barlow Prize Winner, consult his website.

    General and LDS Commission Recipients
    Out of 110 applicants in our General and LDS commissioning programs, the Endowment granted $70,000 to fifteen composers who will write works for the respective ensembles or musicians.

  • Joseph Smith Bicentennial Celebration

    Four new works commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition were performed Friday, November 18, 2005 at Brigham Young University. Included in the concert were the works of the four commissioned composers: Robert Cundick (for BYU Singers), Mack Wilberg (for BYU Concert Choir), Murray Boren (for BYU Wind Symphony), and Stephen Jones (for BYU Philharmonic Orchestra).


    The music of David Sargent, featured in one of the four new song cycles about Joseph Smith, was performed Friday, December 23, 2005 at Brigham Young University. Lawrence Vincent, tenor and BYU faculty artist, performed the song cycles.


    Steven Rick’s new work, American Dreamscape,was premiered at the Bowling Green University New Art and Music Festival on October 27, 2005 in the Kobacker Hall at 8:00 p.m.


    Jay Reise’s Powers That Bewas premiered November 9, 2005 in the Amado Hall of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by the Cassatt Quartet and Marc-Andre Hamelin.


    The Indianapolis Symphony premiered Brian Current’sSymphonies in Slanted Time on October 28 and 29, 2005. The American Composers Orchestra will perform this work on May 3, 2006 at Carnegie Hall.


    The Seattle Experimental Opera and Group for New Music premiered Christian Asplund’s multimedia opera, Sunset with Pink Pastoral, on Friday June 24, 2005 at 7:30 pm in the Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City. Subsequent performances occurred Saturday, June 25, 2005 at the Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre.


    Steven Stucky was recently named a 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner for the Prize in Music. The prize was awarded for Stucky’s Second Concerto for Orchestra which was premiered March 12, 2004 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California. The prize is awarded for “distinguished musical composition of significant dimension by an American that has had its first performance in the United States.”


    Congratulations to George Tsontakis who is the 2005 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. The Grawemeyer Awards recognizes individuals and teams for their innovative ideas with each award carrying a $200,000 prize. Tsontakis won for his Violin Concerto No. 2 which was premiered by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.


    Kenneth Frazelle’s From the Song of Songs was performed May 7, 2005 at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was performed by soprano Marilyn Taylor with Kenneth Frazelle as the pianist.


    The premier of Sebastian Currier’s new composition Nightmaze took place May 4, 2005 and May 6, 2005 in Philadelphia. The performing group was the Network for New Music. A subsequent premiere occurred at Skirball Hall at New York University on May 14th by the performance ensemble Mosaic.


    On April 13, 2005 the United States Military Academy Band, under the direction of Colonel Thomas Rotondi, Jr., and percussion soloist Rone Sparrow premiered Stephen Anderson’s new composition, Concerto for Solo Percussion and Concert Band. This three-movement percussionist piece was performed at the Eisenhower Hall Theater in West Point, New York.


    David Froom’s Arirang Variations was premiered April 11, 2005 at the Clapp Recital Hall at The University of Iowa. The piece was performed by Benjamin Coelho (bassoon), Kenneth Tse (saxophone), and Alan Huckleberry (piano).


    The premier of Final Soliloquy of the Inferior Paramour, created by Augusta Read Thomas occurred on April 7, 2005 at the Miller Theater in New York City. The piece was performed by the music ensemble Alarm Will Sound under the direction of Alan Pierson. Final Soliloquy of the Inferior Parmour is based on poems written by Wallace Stevens.


    The premiere of James Worlton’s The Etiquette of Ice was performed by the Nova Ensemble at the University of Northern Texas in Denton, Texas in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theatre. The Etiquette of Ice is based on poems written by Alice Fulton. The premiere occurred on April 4, 2005.

    Experience the Trees, a program created by Rebeca Dawn Peterson was premiered at the Western Wyoming College March 2-4, 2005. The premier was performed by members of the Western Wyoming College’s musical community as well as by members of the Western Wyoming College dance department. Rebeca wrote the text monologue, music, and choreography for the program.


    Marden Pond’s On An Anonymous Folk Text was premiered by the Utah Valley Symphony, under the direction of Bryce Rytting and with soloist Jim Miller, on January 26-27, 2005 in the Provo, Utah Tabernacle. The piece’s text and alternate title, Ode to a Tougher Cuss, is based on an anonymous pioneer poem.


    Philippe Bodin’s composition Inner Banners for solo piano was premiered by Genevieve Feiwen Lee at Pomona College on January 23, 2005. Subsequent performances took place in February at the University of California at Santa Barbara and at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.


    David Crumb’s Improvisations on an English Folk Tune was premiered by the music ensemble Third Angle in Portland, Oregon on January 20, 2005. Instruments used included: Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano.

  • 2005 Report

    Tom Durham

    The Barlow Endowment’s commissioning programs attract composers mostly from the United States, but our international stature is expanding. In the past few years, we have noticed a steady increase in interest in the Endowment from outside the United States. This past year, we received entries from 33 countries representing nearly every continent for the Barlow Prize 2005. Indeed, our winner, Luca Antignani, hails from Italy-our first Barlow prize to someone from that country. In fact, the Barlow Prize for each of the past three years has gone to someone outside the United States. Besides Antignani’s 2005 Prize, English composer Judith Bingham won the Barlow Prize in 2004 to compose a new choral work, and Canadian Brian Current won the 2003 Prize to write a new orchestra piece. The vast majority of our entries continues to be American; but the Endowment hopes all our friends will get the word out to their non-American musical associates and composers that the Barlow Endowment “encourages and financially supports individuals who demonstrate technical skills and natural gifts for the composition of great music”-individuals from anywhere in the world.

    During 2005, Brigham Young University celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Smith (1805-1844), the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. An important part of that celebration was the premiere of four special Barlow Endowment commissions performed by BYU’s eminent choral and instrumental groups in November. Four LDS composers (Murray Boren, Stephen Jones, Robert Cundick, and Mack Wilberg) were present to hear their works, and members of the Barlow family were on hand as well to participate in the festivities. A commemorative DVD was produced by KBYU television. For more information regarding the Joseph Smith festival, please contact the Barlow Endowment.

  • The Barlow Education Grant supports students and faculty of the BYU School of Music in their education and their professional endeavors in music composition.

    Michael Hicks

    2005 Report

    Because of the decision during 2004 to save up for future projects, we were able to host some excellent guests during 2005. The first was Mary Ellen Childs, one of the most interesting and engaging of multi-media composers, whose work Dream House she presented on video (excerpts) to an extremely warm reception of students and faculty. Her talk about creativity and spirituality, “Composing a Life,” inspired us all, as did her mentoring with student composers and seminar presentation. This was a very spiritual and spirited visit.

    On a much larger scale was the mini-residency of the New York New Music Ensemble and composers Mario Davidovsky and Harvey Sollberger. The Ensemble stayed for three days, rehearsing, performing, and recording student works, and thus providing elegant documentation for many student’s portfolios. They performed a brilliant recital of new (non-student) works and spoke in a general assembly as well as in seminars and master classes. Meanwhile, Davidovsky and Sollberger met with students one on one and presented their music in composition seminars. Sollberger, a premier performer of contemporary flute music, gave a recital of modern classics for solo flute and flute with tape. (The entire residency, overseen by Dr. Steven Ricks, received additional financial support from the College of Fine Arts and Communications.)

    As usual, the Education Grant fostered compositional work by our own faculty including travel for the northwestern U.S. tour of Christian Asplund’s multi-media chamber opera Sunset with Pink Pastoral, with the composer and four students as singers and players; recording and mixing of Steven Ricks’s Beyond Zero, slated for an upcoming CD release; and manuscript copying for Michael Hicks’s Trio Sonata (for viola, violin, toy piano, and offstage piano), to be premiered by Claudine Bigelow (and other faculty members) in a Fall 2006 recital.

    Finally, funds went to a variety of smaller opportunities as well. Here are the principal examples: student group travel to seminars and residencies in Park City and Salt Lake City; travel for Tom Durham and Steven Ricks to premieres of their work; bringing a guest (Greg Campbell) to perform in a recital of improvisational works by Christian Asplund; miscellaneous small expenses for other faculty recording projects; and our annual contribution to the graduate scholarship fund of the School of Music (from which we are able to draw out for our students more than we contributed).

    During 2005 an intern program was instituted to benefit the composition students during the summer Barlow meetings. Two students, Trevor Reed and Margot Murdoch, assisted the judges with management and distribution of materials during the Monday and Tuesday judging segments of the Barlow Prize. Our profound thanks to the Barlow Endowment for this Education Grant, which, as you can see, has provided so much of value to our program this past year.

  • Barlow Board of Advisors

    Claude Baker

    Claude Baker was a Visiting Professor at National Ping-tung University in Ping-tung, Taiwan during May 2005. He was also the Visiting Scholar and keynote speaker for the 2005 International Conference on Musical Arts and Pedagogy held at NPTU. In June, Professor Baker was a guest of the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica. As part of his activities during a nine-day period, he presented master classes and lectures at the Instituto Nacional de Musica in San Jose. During the month of July, Dr. Baker served as an Artist-in-Residence for the 2005 EAMA (European American Musical Alliance) Summer Program held at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. He has also been invited to return for a second residency during the 2006 summer session.

    Also in the summer of 2005, Professor Baker was awarded a grant from the “New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Program” at Indiana University. The grant will subsidize in part the composition of a work for alto saxophone and orchestra. The new piece will be premiered on July 5, 2006 at the opening concert of the 14th World Saxophone Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Eugene Rousseau, saxophone, and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, David Itkin conducting. Most recently, Mr. Baker was awarded a commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University to write a work for the Pacifica String Quartet.

    Murray Boren

    Murray Boren is the Composer-in-Residence at Brigham Young University where he also teaches composition and music theory. His compositions include 10 operas, over 100 chamber works and numerous band and orchestra pieces. He also writes extensively for the theater. His most recent scores were for productions of “Antigone” and “Nathan the Wise.” Recent commissions include a harp concerto for the American Harp Society’s 2004 Convention, choral works for the New York Summer School of the Arts 2004 program, and both an opera and a song cycle about Joseph Smith, Jr. recordings of his compositions are available on Tantara Records.

    Daniel E. Gawthrop

    Daniel E. Gawthrop’s Concerto for Organ and Orchestra was recently featured on a national radio broadcast of Pipedreams from American Public Media. The concerto was commissioned by Brigham Young University-Idaho in celebration of the completion of the Ruffatti pipe organ in Barrus Concert Hall. Salt Lake City Mormon Tabernacle organist Dr. Richard Elliott was the soloist in three premiere performances with the BYU-I Symphony Orchestra under the direction of R. Kevin Call. Additional performances of the work are currently scheduled in Roanoke, Virginia and Fort Worth, Texas. The work is published by Dunstan House. Current projects include a ten minute work for chorus and orchestra commissioned for the Reston Chorale and Fairfax Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia, “O Jerusalem” A Symphony for Organcommissioned by Graceland University, and an a cappella work for treble chorus commissioned by the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble.

    Lansing McLoskey

    Lansing McLoskey has been hailed as “a major talent, a deep thinker with a great ear” and “one of the best composers of his generation.” Among his numerous awards are First Prizes in the Omaha Symphony International Composition Competition, the Kenneth Davenport National Competition for Orchestral Works, the SCI/ASCAP National Composition Competition, and the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Most recently he was the runner-up for the 2004 Swan Prize for Orchestral Works. Current projects include a special Fromm commission for The Radnofsky Quartet for March 2006. McLoskey is an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. His music is released on Wergo Schallplatten, Capstone, Tantara, LogX, and Petroleum By-Products Records.

    Melinda Wagner

    Melinda Wagner, a Pulitzer prize-winning composer, recently heard the New York premiere of her piano concerto, Extremity of Sky, which the National Symphony Orchestra included as part of its recent tour. Other orchestras performing this work in the current season include the Toronto and Kansas City Symphonies, and the Staatskapelle Berlin. Ms. Wagner was the Composer- in-Residence at the 2005 Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival where the Dallas Symphony performed her work 57/7 DASH (for percussion and orchestra). Ms. Wagner’s Four Settings, for soprano and mixed ensemble, was given its premiere performance by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in December 2005. She looks forward to a residency at the Cleveland Institute next season. She is currently working on a trombone concerto for Joseph Alessi and the New York Philharmonic.

    Guest Judges


    Linda Reichert

    Network for New Music
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    Kurt Rohde

    Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
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    David Dzubay

    Indiana University New Music Ensemble
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    Xak Bjerken

    Ensemble X
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    David Crumb

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    Michael Runyon

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    Barlow Board of Directors

    Stephen M. Jones

    Family Representative
    Alice Barlow Jones

    Vice Chair
    Dale Monson

    Financial Officer
    Scott M. Boyter

    Executive Director
    Thomas Durham

    Rebecca Ott