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Welcome to SCI!

SCI is an independent organization concerned with the fellowship, collaboration, career goals, and objectives of new and contemporary music composers and those interested in topics related to composition. For Membership Information, including the member application, visit our membership information page.

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Why SCI?

Society of Composers, Inc. is an independent volunteer-based organization concerned with the fellowship, collaboration, and career goals of new and contemporary music composers and those interested in topics related to composition.

But what does that mean? How does SCI do these things?


Every year, several multi-day conferences are coordinated by SCI members with the sole intention of presenting new and exciting works by fellow SCI composers. Not only are these conferences a vehicle to get your music performed and hear new pieces but also an opportunity to share ideas and  performance resources with other composers from across the country.  Professional contacts established at our conferences can benefit composers for their entire career.

SCI has one annual national conference in addition to the several conferences which happen on the regional level (and yes, you can submit works to regions other than your own!). SCI also has select conferences exclusively for student members.


SCI is also a great place to learn about opportunities for performances, awards, recordings, and commissions through the online list SCION. While SCI sends out a reminder about SCION once a month, new opportunities are listed all the time. SCION lists thousands of such calls for works each year.

SCI also provides certain opportunities which are only for SCI members. In addition to the conferences, SCI has partnered with ASCAP to create the annual SCI/ASCAP  Student Composition Commission. For all members, SCI publishes the Journal of Music Scores (consisting of members' scores) and thanks to our relationship with Parma Recordings, SCI offers composer-based recording opportunities and CD distribution.


With the conferences, the SCION opportunity list, the Journal of Music Scores, the Composers' CD Series, the Performers' CD Series, and the bi-monthly SCI Newsletter, SCI has a variety of ways to stay current and connected on the diverse world of contemporary music composition. You can even manage your own information, scores, and recordings using your personalized website available via your own mySCI Account!


One of the main reasons for all of these features is to foster a sense of community and to facilitate dialog and the open share of ideas and resources between SCI members. Anyone can join SCI regardless of your compositional interests and tastes. More members means more diversity; more diverse musical voices means more interesting discussions! Membership in SCI provides more than a website with calls for scores. Membership in SCI provides a wide spectrum of resources meant to cultivate a strong and vibrant community of creative musicians.

Recent SCI News Items

SCI CD Series Winners Announced

It is our great pleasure to announce the works that have been selected for the next SCI CD Series:

Valence III by Robert A. Baker
Acoustic Field by Chin Ting Chan
Five Songs of Love by Arthur Gottschalk
As Far As Possible by Karen Keyhani
Princess Ka'iulani by Nolan Stolz
Melodía sin melodía by Benjamin D. Whiting
A Mournful Cry by Ho Kwen Austin Yip

Congratulations to our winners!
We would also like to acknowledge our judges: Andrew Martin Smith, Joseph Klein, Joo Won Park, Kyong Mee Choi, Per Bloland, and Judith Cloud. Thank you for volunteering your time and expertise to adjudicate this call -- your work is indispensable to our organization.

July/August Newsletter posted

The XLV: 4 issue of the SCI Newsletter has been published! Check out Navid Bargrizan's interview with Don Freund, featured composer for the 2015 SCINational Conference at the University of Florida, as well as Ian Guthrie's article "The Business with Composers."

SCI Region I: Congratulations!

Congratulations to Beth Wiemann, host for this year's SCI Region I Conference, and the University of Maine for presenting such an exciting series of events!!!

May/June Newsletter posted

The XLV: 3 issue of the SCI Newsletter has been published! Check out Eric Honour's article "Music Technology Performance at the University of Central Missouri" and all of the resources and upcoming events for SCI Members here.

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