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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

Journal of Music Scores Winners Selected

We are pleased to announce the works that have been selected for the 54th and 55th volume of the SCI Journal of Music Scores:

that's a new dog by Francis Kayali
His Branches Run Over The Wall by David DeVasto
re[sou]nding by Chin Ting Chan
Nightscape by Jonathan Graybill
In the Midst by Ingrid Stölzel
Calligrammi II by Igor Karaca
Shapes of the wind by Martin Gendelman
Ŕ force de crier au loup... by Oren Boneh
Faustus Songs by Robert A. Baker

Congratulations to our winners!

We would also like to acknowledge our distinguished judges: Ryan Olivier, Jason Bahr, Jessica Rudman, Jorge Variego, Andrea Reinkemeyer, and Daniel Weymouth.
Thank you for volunteering your time and expertise to adjudicate this call!

Call for Submissions

The SCI 2016 Region VI Conference call for submissions is now published and accepting submissions.

Music Submissions

Paper Submissions

Deadline: 09/15/15

March/April Newsletter posted

The most recent SCI Newsletter has been posted! It features three articles:

"An Entrepreneurial View of Contemporary Techniques for the Bassoon: Multiphonics" by Jamie Leigh Sampson;

"(Broad)Casting a Wide Net"by Dorothy Hindman;

"Presenting New Music to Commemorate the Armenian Genocide" by Joseph Bohigian.

Previous publications of the SCI Newsletter can be viewed at anytime here.

2015 SCI/ASCAP Composition Competition Winners Announced

Sleeping I am carried... by David Clay Mettens (winner of graduate division)

Violin Concerto by Jaehyuck Choi (winner of undergraduate division)

Journal of Music Scores issues published

Volumes #52 and #53 of the SCI Journal of Music Scores have been published. Works included are:

Volume 52:
Chin Ting Chan - Acoustic Field
Shawn Crouch - Suspended Contact
Heather Gilligan - Dialogue 

Volume 53:
Dan Dickinson - de-lux
Nicholas Omiccioli - anima/animus