Earl Zindars (1927–2005) was an American composer of jazz and classical music. Chicago-born Zindars graduated from DePaul University and went on to earn a master's degree in music composition from Northwestern University. He studied with Dr. Leon Stein and Wallingford Riegger, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship to attend Oxford University, where he studied with Edmund Rubbra. Postgraduate work was at Columbia University with Dr. Otto Luening. Fellowships include Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the Huntington Hartford Foundation. Zindars received numerous commissions and awards throughout his career, including the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He was also the recipient of Broadcast Music, Inc.'s Jazz Pioneer Award, given in recognition of his "long and outstanding contributions to the world of jazz." Beyond the jazz realm, Earl's classical compositions have been performed by the International Chamber Orchestra of Rome (Italy), San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Symphony Brass, San Jose Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Chamber Players, and various brass ensembles around the world.