2019 Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition

Call for applications


Submission period

Thu Dec 13, 2018 at 11 AM UTC

End of submission period

Sun Mar 31 at 11:59 AM UTC

Results date

Mon Sep 30 at 4 PM UTC
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.


Applicants may be of any nationality.
Applicants may be of any age.


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
clarinet/bass clarinet

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 2019.
All entries will be considered for future performance.

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by March 31, 2019.

Details are available at web pages: