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What is SCI?
A few words about my view of SCI, its place in our contemporary society, and its function for its membership. As a volunteer organization, SCI's principal role is to support the vital connection between composers and performers. That is why we put our efforts and resources into events called conferences: concerts and gatherings of peers that bring these two areas together. Just as a music theorist requires the context of history to ground their research, so does the composer need the performer, to realize ideas and intentions. Without the performer, the composer can too easily remain aloof from the realities and desires of the performer, sometimes resulting from a disconnection from the music itself. SCI's strength is in offering, to its membership, performing opportunities. By taking advantage of established educational institutions, SCI acts as a catalyst for showcasing composers. We should feel no shame in the fact that our roots, as our former name implied, are in the educational academy. Our strengths are linking to these institutions. It is what we do best.
And yet, our growth must continue to be with composers both in and out of the academy. Our expansion must be with composers with diverse backgrounds, differing styles, and varying approaches. We must avert becoming too narrow, and continue to encourage a wider acceptance of music of all styles and aesthetics. I am pleased to serve this organization. Our growth and impact on both the young and professional composer will continue to be a source of strength and encouragement to us all.