Works performed by Earplay:

Abstraction en metal et bois
After Blue
The Coming of Age
Diary of a Journey
Double Take
Eight Songs to Poems of Jane Cooper
From the Beginning
Head over Heels
Kleinen doch emsigen
Sonata for Cello and Piano
The Way Things Go
Upon the Viol

Composer Richard Festinger has achieved international recognition for his extensive catalogue of vocal and instrumental compositions. Writing for the 2011 Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Frank J. Oteri describes Festinger’s music as "notable for its combination of propulsive energy with an impeccable sense of poise and balance." Since 1990 he has been a professor of composition at San Francisco State University, where he is also Artistic Director of the Morrison Artists chamber music series. Before turning to composing, he led his own groups as a jazz performer. Festinger received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in composition from the University of California, Berkeley, and in the mid-1980’s was one of the co-founders of Earplay. His music is published by C.F. Peters Corporation and Wildcat Canyon Press. His works have been recorded for the Centaur, Bridge, CRI and CRS labels. He has received major awards and commissions from the Jerome Foundation, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, the Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Argosy Foundation, the Barlow Foundation, the Mary Flagler Cary Trust, the Pew Charitable Trust, the Philadelphia Music Project, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, and the American Composers Forum. He is a recipient of the George Ladd Grand Prix de Paris, and has received both the Walter Hinrichsen Award and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His website is

[from program for April 30, 2018 concert]