2018 Barlow Prize Winner


he Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University proudly announces the 2019 Commission winners. After reviewing 356 submissions from 36 countries, the judging panel awarded Tawnie Olson of New Haven, Connecticut, the $12,000 Barlow Prize to compose a major new work for SATB Choir. The panel also granted Shih-Wei Lo of New York City, New York, the distinction of Honorable Mention.

Canadian citizen Tawnie Olson is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Yale University, and the University of Calgary. Dr. Olson has received commissions from the Canadian Art Song Project, Third Practice/New Music USA, the Canada Council for the Arts, Mount Holyoke College/The Women’s Philharmonic, the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, Ithaca College, the American Composers Forum, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s Robert Baker Commissioning Fund, among others. In 2017, she received an OPERA America Discovery Grant to develop a new work about Hildegard of Bingen and Eleanor of Aquitaine with re:Naissance Opera (libretto by Roberta Barker), and a Canada Council for the Arts Professional Development Grant to study field recording at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She is the Composer-in-Residence of the Women Composers Festival of Hartford and an American Composers Forum BandQuest Composer-in-Residence at E.C. Adams School in Guilford, CT. She is the winner of the 2015 Iron Composer Competition, and her Three Songs on Poems by Lorri Neilsen Glenn took second prize in the 2018 NATS Art Song Competition.

Taiwanese composer Shih-Wei Lo is a Dean’s Fellow in GSAS as well as Kathryn and Shelby Davis International Fellow at Columbia University. Shih-Wei Lo is pursuing a DMA in Composition under the tutelage of Georg Friedrich Haas and George Lewis. He earned his MM in Composition from the University of Washington, where he worked with Huck Hodge and Juan Pampin, and also taught at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS). Prior to the graduate studies in the United States, he studied with Ching-Wen Chao and Kris Falk at National Taiwan Normal University, receiving his BFA in Music Theory and Composition. He has received awards from ASCAP/SEAMUS, the Dutch Harp Festival and Composition Contest, and by the Taiwan Ministry of Education.


Dr. Tawnie Olson

2018 Barlow Prize Winner

Prize Recipients

Reed Quintet
Stacy Garrop, USA Akropolis Quintet, Calefax Reed Quintet, and BYU Reed Quintet
Violin-Piano duo
Gilad Cohen, USA Late Shadow David Bowlin and Spencer Myer, Duo Diorama,
and Alexander Woods and pianist
Symphony Orchestra
Alberto Colla, Italy Ode by the Earth (Symphony N.4) San Antonio and Utah Symphonies, and an orchestra at the
Beijing Modern Music Festival
Saxophone Quartet
Ben Hjertmann, USA Awake, Alive, Amok, Ajar US Air Force Band Saxophone Quartet,
PRISM, and Zzyzx
Wind Ensemble
Narong Prangcharoen, Thailand Lokuttara Florida State University Wind Orchestra,
United States Marine Band, 
BYU Wind Symphony
A Capella Choir
Forrest Pierce, USA Gratitude Sutra BBC Singers, Latvian Radio Choir, Volti
Woodwind Quintet
Clint Needham, USA Imaginary Dances Fifth House, Imani Winds, Orpheus Winds
Piano Trio
Dan Visconti, USA Lonesome Roads Deseret Piano Trio, Gryphon Trio, Triple Helix
Trombone Concerto
Benjamin Ellin, England Pandora Joseph Alessi and the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra
String Quartet
Harold Meltzer, USA Aqua Avalon String Quartet, Lydian Quartet, Pacifica Quartet
Percussion Ensemble
Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Mexico Memos Nexus, Kroumata, So Percussion
Wind Ensemble
David Rakowski, USA Cantina for Wind Orchestra University of Michigan Symphony BandU.S. Marine BandBYU Wind Symphony, UCLA Wind EnsembleSouthern Methodist University Meadows Wind Ensemble
Chamber Ensemble
Luca Antignani, Italy Il Viaggio di Humbert Network for New Music Ensemble, Indiana University New Music Ensemble, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and Ensemble X
Choral Work
Judith Bingham, England Ghost Towns of the American West VocalEssence, BBC Singers, University of Utah Singers
Orchestral Work
Brian Current, Canada Symphonies in Slanted Time American Composer’s Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Organ Solo
Aaron Travers, USA Exodus Organ Consortium: Fred Swann, Pamela Decker, Kimberly Marshall, Christopher Young, and Donald Cook
Sacred Song Cycle
Kenneth Frazelle, USA From the Song of Songs Erie Mills
Choral Work
No Winner Selected
Orchestra Work
Kevin Puts, USA Symphony No. 2 Utah Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony
Piano Work
Henry Martin, USA At Midnight’s Hour Logan Skelton
Choral Music
Maija Einfelde, Latvia Psalm 15 BYU Singers, Kansas City Chorale, Netherlands Radio Choir, Vancouver Chamber Choir
String Quartet
Chris Theofanidis, USA Visions and Miracles Cassatt Quartet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Muir Quartet
Orchestral Work
David Dzubay, USA Sun Moon Stars Rain Minnesota Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, St. Louis Symphony
Chamber Music
Zhou Long, China Tian Ling Wu Man and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble
Choral Music
Joseph Lukasik, USA Ho Hiyuwaye (A Voice I Send) University of Colorado University Choir and Dale Warland Singers
Orchestral Music
Otto Ketting, Netherlands Symphony No. 3 Baltimore Symphony
Brass Quintet
Timothy Greatbatch, USA Scenes from the Brothers Grimm Empire Brass
Chamber Music
Ka Nin Chan, Hong Kong Among Friends Carnegie Chamber Players
Concert Band/Wind Ensemble
David Gillingham, USA Heroes, Lost and Fallen: A Vietnam Memorial University of Illinois Band
Choral Music
No Winner Selected
Gerard Brophy, Australia St. Louis Symphony
Chamber Music
Daron Hagen, USA J’entends Lehner Trio
Band/Wind Ensemble
Michael Colgrass, USA Winds of Nagual Band/Wind Ensemble
Choral Music
L. Dean Nuernberger, USA Planctus Super Iniquitates Hominum Choral Music