Classical Commissions

Classical Commissions

Deadline: April 10, 2020

Applications are now being accepted for the 16th annual the Utah Arts Festival Commission for Chamber Ensemble to premiere at the 2021 Utah Arts Festival, performed by the Sinfonia Salt Lake, under the Artistic Direction of Robert Baldwin.

Leroy Robertson National Composer Commission Award

The commissioned work will be an 8-12 minute work for a six-piece chamber ensemble and will feature the Sinfonia Salt Lake with Robert Baldwin as Artistic Director, and John Costa and Henry Wolking as Program Directors. The award is $3,000.

How to Apply

No phone calls please. Any questions, contact John Costa at . The winner will be announced August 30, 2020.

Check List for Application:

  • One representative full score in PDF format for mixed chamber ensemble (please mark the score with the pseudonym, not the composer’s real name)
  • An MP3 recording (please label the MP3 with the pseudonym, not the composer’s real name)
  • One page biography in PDF or Word Doc of composer
  • $25 application fee (you will be directed to a payment form where you can submit with a credit card)

Apply Online Now

About Leroy J. Robertson

Leroy J. Robertson (1896-1971) was born in Fountain Green, Utah, the son of Utah-born Mormon parents. His first musical experiences were simple and personal; he fashioned tunes on a homemade fiddle and played by ear on the parlor organ in his home. He graduated from Boston’s New England Conservatory under George Whitefield Chadwick in 1923. He later studied with Ernest Bloch, Hugo Leichtentritt, and Arnold Schoenberg. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brigham Young University (BYU) and Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He was professor and chairman of BYU’s music department and University of Utah music department chair from 1948-1964.

Robertson's compositions include works for chamber music and orchestra; concertos for violin, cello, and piano; solos, vocal, and instrumental; choral compositions and an "Oratorio from the Book of Mormon" for chorus, soloists, organ, and orchestra. He won the Reichhold prize for "Trilogy,” the Endicott prize for "Overture in E Minor"; his "Quintet in A Minor for Piano and Strings" won the Society for the Publication of American Music contest first place; and his "String Quartet" was chosen by the Critics Circle in New York. He received the National Federation of Music Clubs Award of Merit in 1959.

Past Recipients

  • 2006 Jefferson Friedman – 78
  • 2007 Philippe Bodin – M/ue
  • 2008 Keeril Makan – Mercury Songbirds
  • 2009 Kurt Rhode – Fratturato Teatro for Clarinet, Piano, Cello & Percussion
  • 2010 Eric Moe – Strenuous Pleasures
  • 2011 Ethan Wickman – Winter's Burst
  • 2012 Timothy Kramer – Lake Effect
  • 2013 Don Freund – Mixed Blood
  • 2014 Robert Paterson – Hell's Kitchen
  • 2015 Robert Honstein – Juno
  • 2016 Randy Bauer – Five Grand Micro-Adventures
  • 2017 Stacy Garrop – Postcards from Wyoming
  • 2018 Saad Haddad – Azwaj
  • 2019 Sid Richardson - Gramarye

The Show

The 44th annual Utah Arts Festival is scheduled for June 25 – 28, 2020 at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. More than 170 visual artists from across the country are juried in to participate in our Artist Marketplace. The Utah Arts Festival is the largest, outdoor, multi-disciplined event held in Utah. Having garnered numerous awards internationally, nationally and locally, the Festival remains one of the premiere events that kicks off the summer in Utah each June. More than 70,000 patrons enjoy four days of award-winning fine arts in the Artist Marketplace, live performances on five stages, street theater, fine arts exhibition, a film program, children's art and culinary arts.