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2024 EARplay
Donald Aird Composers

Deadline: APRIL 30, 2024

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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. The competition honors the late composer/conductor/Earplay board member Donald Aird, an ardent supporter of the creation and performance of new music.

You can submit an Aird competition application electronically or by mail. Please send an e-mail if you have questions or comments.



Works are limited to 1 to 6 players (at most 1 of each, e.g., not 2 violins) from Earplay's ensemble:

  • flute/piccolo/alto flute/bass flute

  • clarinet/bass clarinet

  • piano

  • violin

  • viola

  • cello

Works may include electronics.
Works may be of any duration (8-15 minutes preferred).
Works may have been previously performed.
Each composer may submit any number of pieces.


Cash prize: $1,000.
Performance by Earplay during our next season.
Earplay will announce the winner in fall 2023.
All entries will be considered for future performance.


Earplay strongly encourages you to use the online application. You can use online application even if you intend to mail some parts of your application (composer bio, score, program note, recording, or payment). Sorry, mailed application materials cannot be returned.

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Each submitted score must have all composer identification removed so that the competition jury receives no information about the composer when it reviews the score. If you wish to submit video, the video must have all composer identification removed. Only the competition administrator sees the submitted composer information, bio, and program note. If a program note is included as part of the score, the note should not provide identification data (academic affiliation, premiere personnel, ...).


  • Completed online application

  • Brief composer biography

  • Score (all composer identification removed)

  • Brief program note (not required but recommended)

  • Audio recording (not required but recommended; send an e-mail if you want to submit video)

  • Application fee US $26 per score (cash, check payable to Earplay, or PayPal payment)

Mailing Address

2024 Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition
560 29th Street
San Francisco, CA 94131-2239

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