A piece by University of Utah composer Henry Wolking has earned the highest rating in a nationwide contest.

"Pangaea," a 12-minute orchestral work, was honored in a national competition for contemporary concert pieces sponsored by the Contemporary Record Society of Pennsylvania. A digital recording will be made of the work and distributed by CRS on a compact disc that will also contain the first recording of the Clarinet Concerto of Norman Dello Joio.Composed in 1988, "Pangaea" was premiered that year by the University of Utah Symphony Orchestra under Madeline Schatz, who will direct the CRS recording. Earlier this year it was performed by the University of Florida Symphony.

Next June another piece of Wolking's, "Forests," is to be premiered by the Utah Symphony at the Utah Arts Festival. It is the first such work to be commissioned by the festival.

- JOAN WOODBURY and SHIRLEY RIRIE, co-artistic directors, have been in Chemnitz, Germany, this past week laying plans for a collaborative performance with German dancers and the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. They accepted an invitation from Steffan Trautzsch, director of music and dance for Chemnitz. The concept is for the German and R-W dancers to concertize together and perform in the German Festival of the Arts in October 1991, then possibly tour Germany and Central Europe.

It was in October 1989 that the company last performed in Chemnitz, then Karl-Marx-Stadt, and in East Berlin - the first modern dance company to tour there in 15 years. They were there just before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

- VIVIAN KOSAN BAGNALL, Manti, artistic director of the Central Utah Ballet, has accepted an invitation from the Bolshoi Ballet to study in Moscow for two weeks in July 1991. Her work there will lead to a teacher's certificate from the prestigious Russian company.