2019 Barlow Awards Announced

The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University has announced the 2019 commission winners. After reviewing 356 submissions from 36 countries, the panel awarded Tawnie Olson of Hartford, Connecticut, the $12,000 Barlow Prize to compose a major new work for unaccompanied SATB choir. The panel also granted Shih-Wei Lo of New York, New York, the distinction of Honorable Mention. BYU Singers, Seraphic Fire, and The Crossing will premiere the new work in 2020.

In considering 201 applications in the General and LDS commissioning programs, the Endowment granted $80,000 to thirteen composers who will write works for the following ensembles and musicians:

Andy Akiho (Sandbox Percussion); Brian Current (Tapestry New Opera); Viet Cuong (Poulenc Trio); Lisa DeSpain (Scott Holden); Jamie Erekson (Agnon Quartet); Charles Halka (Onix Ensemble); David Jones (Prismatic Winds); Chihchun Chi-sun Lee (Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra and NeoQuartet); Austin Lopez (Max Olivier); Sky Macklay (andPlay); Lansing McLoskey (Guerrilla Opera); Charles Peck (Hajnal Pivnick); and Christopher Stark (Shawn Weil).

The panel included the Endowment’s Board of Advisors: Daniel Bradshaw, Dorothy Chang, and Neil Thornock. John Costa and Ben Taylor served as guest judges during all deliberations, and Newell Dayley, Hilary Demske, and Margot Murdoch served as guest judges during General Commission deliberations. Andrew Crane (BYU Singers), Patrick Dupré Quigley (Seraphic Fire), and Donald Nally (The Crossing) represented the performing consortia in selecting the Barlow Prize.

The next Barlow prize will feature a new work for chamber ensemble with electronics. Details and parameters for this commission will be available soon on their website and Facebook pages.

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