Professor Alf Bishai is a composer and music director in New York City. He has taught classical theory and ear-training at NYU since 2001. He is consistently celebrated by students as an excellent and engaging teacher. He is also the founder and artistic director for The Ear, a classical composer competition in New York City. Bishai is passionate about understanding the absurdities, prejudices and self-defeating practices of classical music culture, and with figuring out how we may be rid of them. The Ear is the fruit of a decade of thinking, arguing, writing, wrangling, experimenting, and searching for kindred spirits. On the composition side, he has spent that decade writing (mostly) film scores and church music, which has taught him how to write simply, and, especially, how to connect with people.