Ran Blake Foundation
"Earobic" Award

2nd Annual

Recipient and Honorable Mentions


Award Recipient:

Tomoko Ozawa


Photo by Tammy Nguyễn

Honorable Mentions

2nd: Rihards Kolmanis

3rd: Julian Muro

The Ran Blake Foundation "Earobic" Award is an annual $1,000 cash award to one (1) applicant who shows the most potential for furthering Ran Blake's  mission of aural practice in music education and implementation in music performance. Only currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students are eligible. To see a full list of requirements, please check the information below.

2022-2023 Accepting Applications

(3rd Annual)


Applications Due by Feb 28, 2023

Announced On or Before April 1, 2023

Judges: TBA


2021-2022 Award Recipient

(2nd Annual)

Tomoko Ozawa

Judges: Sheila Jordan, Angelica Sanchez, & Mark Zaleski

Photo by Tammy Nguyễn


2020-2021 Award Recipient


Maya Keren

Judges: Art Lange and Darcy James Argue


Photo by Lilly Dupuis




Your application must be submitted via the online submission form below by the appropriate deadline. To begin, gather all of the required materials and follow the instructions below to complete your application. Check these items as you go along:


  • One (1) Dossier

  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation

  • Two (2) Audio Samples

Criteria for Acceptance


  • Exceptional talent as a performer, composer, and/ or improviser

  • A high level of aural and technical musicianship

  • A capacity for sustained, disciplined practice

  • Broad and thoughtful interest in all genres, including historical traditions and contemporary trends

  • Dedication to artistic excellence and a desire to exercise artistic leadership

Eligibility Requirements


In order to be eligible for the Ran Blake "Earobics" Award, all applicants must be CURRENT full-time or part-time undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student of a U.S. college or university. Students who have been accepted to a U.S. college or university for future enrollment are NOT eligible. There is no age limit.


EXAMPLE: If you are a senior in high school currently and were just accepted to college next year you will have to wait until the fall semester of your freshman year in college to apply. Same for graduate students.


The RBF "Earobic" Award requires no specific degrees or education, GPAs, standardized test scores, or class rankings for entry for this application. Recipients are selected solely on current musicianship and the potential for furthering the mission of aural practice and awareness in music performance and education.

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  • Judges Announced: Jan, 2023

  • Application Due: Feb 28, 2023 by midnight

  • Award Announced: on or before April 1, 2023


We are currently accepting applications for the Ran Blake Foundation "Earobics" Award for the 2022-23 academic year and close email at midnight on Feb 28, 2023. No late or partially completed materials will be accepted thereafter.



Your dossier should include the following, as appropriate:


  • Your name

  • Your major (i.e. tuba performance, composition, etc.)

  • Your current and former music teachers

  • Your current school and grade level

  • A one (1) paragraph fact that you want the committee to know about you that they cannot learn from your application materials

  • a performance bio

  • a repertoire list

  • a link to your website

Letter of Recommendation


Provide one (1) Letter of Recommendation from a person of your choosing who is able to best convey your dedication to the aural arts using aural approaches. You are allowed to submit this directly with the rest of your application or the individual may submit this on your behalf (if submitted separately to "award(at)ranblakefoundation.org", we are not allowed to share the Letter of Recommendation with the applicant — please do not ask).

Audio Samples

Submit two (2) audio tracks that you've recorded within the last year that exemplify your musicianship, but also diversity of musicianship. All instrumentations, ensemble sizes, and genres are welcome.


Live performance, recording studio, a good reverb bathroom, etc. are all welcome as long as the selections:


  • are in MP3, M4A, or WAV format,

  • do not exceed 25mb each and,

  • are no longer than 5 minutes each







* Your Letter of Recommendation can be submitted directly to

award (at) ranblakefoundation.org.





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