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


Founded in 1985 by a consortium of composers and musicians, Earplay is dedicated to the performance of new chamber music. Earplay offers audiences a unique opportunity to hear eloquent, vivid performances of some of today's finest chamber music. Earplay has performed over 550 works by more than 300 composers in its 33-year history, including 140 world premieres and 80 new works commissioned by the ensemble. Visit the Earplay archives to learn more about Earplay's rich history.

For Earplay's 33rd season in 2018, we're excited to perform our February and March concerts in a great new venue: the Atrium Theater in the Wilsey Center (War Memorial Veterans Building, 4th floor). Then experience vibrant new music in the historic setting of magnificent Herbst Theatre in April. The season features four exceptional world premieres, and each concert includes a work by featured composer Richard Festinger.

Earplay concerts feature the Earplayers, a group of artists who have developed a lyrical and ferocious style. Mary Chun conducts the Earplayers, all outstanding Bay Area musicians: Tod Brody, flute and piccolo; Peter Josheff, clarinet and bass clarinet; Terrie Baune, violin; Ellen Ruth Rose, viola; Thalia Moore, cello; and Brenda Tom, piano.

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.

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