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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?

Conferences

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.

Opportunities

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.

Resources

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!

Community

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.

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[SCI] Commission Competition deadline extended


Tempus fugit!
 
There is still time to make a submission to the 2015 SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition; we have extended this year?s deadline to March 8, 2015.
 
Remember, all entrants must be SCI members (student members or student chapter members) at the time of submission.
 
Don't delay, join SCI at www.societyofcomposers.org/join!
 
Members may access the details for this competition (and many others) through SCION.

Snapshot Conferences

Exciting news from student chapters across the regions: the recently appointed student representatives of each region have been planning "Snapshot Conferences" for student members to participate in.
  • Region I has recently hosted a meet up between schools to exchange scores. 
  • Region IV is hosting a conference in Columbus GA between the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, the University of Florida, and Columbus State University on April 3 and 4.
  • Region V will host a conference between Butler University and Ball State University on April 12th.
  • Region VI will host a conference at the University of Kansas later this spring.
Please contact your regional student representative if you'd like to be involved!

November/December Newsletter posted



Read Nickitas Demos's article "Atlanta in Distress & Why You Should Care" in the SCI Newsletter (XLIV: 6).

Winners for SCI CD Series, Vol 29 announced!

It is with great pleasure that SCI announces the works that have been selected for the next SCI CD, Volume 29:

Mark Zanter: PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY
Shawn Crouch: ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY
Kai-Young Chan: IGNIS FATUUS
Anne Neikirk: GANGREL
Ferdinando De Sena: BETWEEN LOGIC AND RHETORIC
Federico Jes Bonacossa: RIVIR
Kyong Mee Choi and Timothy Ernest Johnson: TENSILE STRENGTH
Christopher Biggs: GREED
Chi-hin Leung: UTMOST ATTACK
Andrian Pertout: ECHOES FROM THE PAST

Congratulations to our winners!

Many acknowledgements and thanks go to our judges: Mei Fang Lin, David Carpenter, Andy Walters, Natalie Williams, Elizabeth Vercoe, and Brian Bevelander. Thank you for volunteering your time and expertise to adjudicate this call!

Looking for more information about the SCI Composers' CD Series? Click the link!