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Ohio Wesleyan Faculty Member Earns International Music Composition Award
Clint Needham’s Work Chosen from 170 Entries Worldwide as Winner of 2011 Barlow Prize

August 30, 2011

Ohio Wesleyan faculty member Clint Needham is the 2011 winner of the international Barlow Prize.
Photo courtesy of Clint Needham
DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University faculty member and composer Clint Needham, D.M., has been selected as the winner of the 2011 Barlow Prize, an international award presented annually by The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition.

As the 2011 winner, Needham earns a $12,000 commission to compose a major new work for woodwind quintet. His composition will premiere in 2013, performed nationwide by the acclaimed Imani Winds, Fifth House Ensemble, and Orpheus Winds.

According to the Provo, Utah-based Barlow Endowment, Needham was selected for the prize from among 170 composer applications from several countries worldwide. Previous winners include Christopher Theofanidis, Kevin Puts, David Dzubay, and Pulitzer-Prize-winners Michael Colgrass and Zhou Long, among others.

“I am thrilled to have been selected as winner of the 2011 Barlow Prize,” Needham said. “This award is certainly one of the more coveted in the field of music composition, and it’s truly an honor to share this distinction with so many wonderful composers whom I admire. I look forward to working with the three incredibly talented groups in the consortium.”

Needham’s music has been described as “wildly entertaining” by The New York Times, “easy to smile at” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, and “well-crafted and arresting … riveting” by The (Indiana) Herald-Times. His music is published by the Theodore Presser Co., Manhattan Beach Music, and Triplo Press. It has been recorded on the Summit Records, Marks Masters, and United States Air Force labels.

In addition to the 2011 Barlow Prize, Needham has been recognized with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Project 440 Commission. This composition will debut during the 2011-2012 season at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Needham also has been honored with the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, the William Schuman Prize/BMI Student Composer Award, the Jacob Druckman Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, First Prize in the International Ticheli Composition Contest, the Heckscher Prize from Ithaca College, a Lee Ettelson Composer Award, and the coveted Underwood New Music Commission from the American Composers Orchestra.

Needham earned his bachelor of music degree from the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. At Ohio Wesleyan, Needham teaches music composition, music theory, instrumentation and orchestration, and more.

Read more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Music.


Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.