BARLOW ENDOWMENT EDUCATION GRANT
The Barlow Endowment Education Grant represents a portion of the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at BYU that directly supports the Composition Division within the BYU School of Music. A majority of the funds support students directly through the following scholarships, awards, and other activities and programs:
- Milton A. Barlow Scholarship — one-year, full-tuition scholarship for an outstanding graduate student pursuing the MM in Music Composition
- Barlow Student Composition Award — yearly award given to a composition student in recognition of excellence in composition and citizenship within the area; includes a $500 cash prize and a commission for a new work
- Barlow Lecture Series — each semester a distinguished guest composer visits campus to present a lecture and work with composition students in lessons and master classes
- Barlow Interns — each summer four BYU composition students are selected to work as interns for the yearly judging of the Barlow Prize and additional Barlow Commissions during the first week of August; includes room and board and an honorarium
In addition to the specifically named scholarships and awards mentioned above, the Education Grant helps cover student travel expenses and other fees for participation in conferences and workshops, provides additional scholarship support, and sponsors residencies and reading sessions by visiting performers and ensembles. Remaining funds may be used to support composition faculty projects directly related to creative work and teaching.
ADVANCED LAB FOR MUSIC APPLICATIONS
The Advanced Lab for Music Applications (ALMA), located in C-485 of the HFAC, contains 20 work stations that each have an electronic keyboard connected to an iMac computer. The lab is available for use by students and faculty and is open during the day and on some evenings, up to 50 hours per week. The computers are equipped with the music notation programs Finale and Sibelius, the ear-training software Practica Musica, and various other music and non-music applications. Two TAs work in the lab and are available at various times throughout the day to assist lab patrons and assist with faculty projects. The lab is also used as a multi-media classroom for selected music courses, including Introduction to ProTools and Jazz Piano.
ELECTRONIC MUSIC STUDIO
The Electronic Music Studio (E-329 HFAC) is devoted to the creation of new compositions that extend and continue to explore the sound worlds introduced by classical electronic music. In addition to an analog synthesizer and reel-to-reel tape machines, the studio is equipped with eight-channel sound and a ProTools HD system, and with a Power Mac G5 tower that is equipped with the latest electronic music software: Max 5, Native Instrument’s Komplete package, Logic Pro, and a KYMA X system.
The studio is directed by Steven Ricks and is used by composition faculty and graduate and undergraduate students for composition projects and audio editing. Former studio users have gone on to study electronic music at several distinguished institutions, including Dartmouth, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, NYU, the CUNY Graduate Center, and the Center for the Composition of Music Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) in Alfortville, France.
Recent music composition graduate and EMS TA Lance Montgomery won Second Prize in the 2009 SEAMUS Student Commission Competition.
Pieces created in the BYU EMS are frequently heard at the conferences of SEAMUS, ICMA, and on the Utah Crosstalk concert series. The Utah Crosstalk series was begun by Steven Ricks of BYU and Miguel Chuaqui of the University of Utah and is a forum for the exchange of music and ideas between the two universities.