Young Composers Project

2013 The Young Composers Project





Barlow Endowment


Now in its 31st year of operations, the Barlow Endowment of Music Composition at Brigham Young University enjoys a worldwide reputation as one of the premier sources of funding for composers who create new music.  With the help of a generous gift from Milton & Gloria Barlow in 1981, the Endowment has awarded over $2,000,000 to 250 composers from 40 countries around the globe.  Each commission awarded is part of a unique partnership between the Endowment, the composer and a performance ensemble that has committed to premiere the new work.  Partnering ensembles have included the Minnesota and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras, the American Composers Orchestra, the BBC Singers, Empire Brass, and the Latvian Radio Choir, to name only a few.


Composers have written new works for choirs, orchestras, bands, string quartets, and other chamber ensembles and soloists. The wide variety of ensembles who have partnered with the Endowment represents a broad spectrum of the diverse sounds and styles of contemporary music. 


Barlow Chinese Commission

As part of its mission to foster the creation of new music, the Barlow Endowment announces a partnership with the Beijing Modern Music Festival in a unique commission for Chinese composers.


$10,000US will be awarded through a competition open to Chinese citizen-composers anywhere.  The winner of the competition will write a 12-15 minute new work for chamber ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion).


The new work will be premiered at the Beijing Modern Music Festival in 2014. It will also be played by the Brigham Young University New Music Ensemble.



  • Only composers who are Chinese citizens will be eligible to submit an application.
  • Chinese judges of this competition will not be eligible to submit an application for the commission.