Works performed by Earplay:

We Three

Allen Shearer has received many awards in music, including the Rome Prize Fellowship, the Aaron Copland Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship, residencies at the MacDowell Colony, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet The Composer, and other organizations, and the Sylvia Goldstein Award for his Three Lyrics, a chamber work written at the Copland House. His choral works have been performed in nearly every state of the U.S. as well as in Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia, and South Africa. With librettist Claudia Stevens he has created four chamber operas, of which the first, The Dawn Makers, was premiered in 2009 at Herbst Theatre, San Francisco by Composers, Inc. The Dawn Makers has been selected as a finalist in the National Opera Association’s Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition. His opera Middlemarch in Spring will premiere March 19-22, 2015 at Z Space in San Francisco.

Also a baritone, Allen Shearer performs a variety of music including his own, and has appeared in the Earplay series. He is a Co-Artistic Director of Composers, Inc. and founding codirector of Sonic Harvest, the new music festival in Berkeley. He holds a Ph.D. in music from the University of California at Berkeley and diplomas in concert singing and opera from the Akademie Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Allen Shearer is a member of New Music America and the American Composers Forum, and an affiliate of Broadcast Music, Inc. His website is

[from program for January 19, 2015 concert]