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Earplay nurtures the finest new chamber music of our time, linking audiences, performers, and composers through concerts, commissions, and recordings.

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Earplay is dedicated to the performance and recording of new chamber music. It’s an evolving genre where composers and musicians freely experiment with musical structure, rhythm, and sounds, challenging the audience to broaden its concept of music with new emotional and auditory experiences.

Earplay concerts feature the Earplayers, a group of artists whose lyrical and ferocious style provides eloquent, vivid performances of today's finest chamber music. Earplay presents a new video monthly on the Earplay YouTube channel and posts audio and video recordings of many past performances on the online Media page.

Earplay sponsors the annual Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition, open to composers of any nationality and any age. Earplay performs the prizewinning piece and presents a cash prize of $1,000 to the winning composer.

Founded in 1985 by a consortium of composers and musicians, Earplay has performed over 600 works by more than 350 composers in its 36-year history, including 158 world premieres and 93 new works commissioned by the ensemble. Visit the Earplay archives to learn more about Earplay's rich history.

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Board of Directors


Lori Zook, executive director

Forrest Balman, intern

Terrie Baune, scheduler

Renona Brown, accountant

David Ogilvy, sound recordist

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