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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

Call for Works: Volume 32 of the SCI CD Series

This just in from Annie Neikirk, SCI submissions coordinator:
The Society of Composers, Inc. is pleased to announce a call for works for Volume 32 of the Society of Composers, Inc. CD Series. The winners of this call will be featured on our SCI CD Series, released by Navona Records, a label under PARMA Recordings.

Deadline: May 31, 2017, 11:59 pm EST

Prize: Inclusion on Volume 32 of the SCI CD Series, professionally released by PARMA Records.

Send your submissions today!

Mark Phillips Announced as Next President of SCI

We are pleased to announce Dr. Mark W. Phillips as the next President of the Society of Composers, Inc. by virtual acclamation.
Our current President, Dr. James Paul Sain, will officially install Dr. Phillips as the next leader of our organization during the SCI National Conference, held at Western Michigan University, March 30-April 1, 2017. We extend our congratulations to Dr. Phillips, and we thank Dr. Sain for his many years of exceptional service to our society!

2017 SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition

SCI, in conjunction with ASCAP, is pleased to announce the 17th annual Student Commission Competition. One first prize will be awarded to an undergraduate or high school student composer and one first prize to a graduate student composer. These commissioned works will be premiered at an SCI Conference and, if qualifying, a recording of the work will be included on the SCI CD Series.


SCI Newsletter, Issue XLVI: 4

Check out Issue XLVI: 4 of the SCI Newsletter, which features an article about the SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition written by Mark Phillips.

SCI CD Series Winners Selected

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

Snoqualmie Passages by Patrick Houlihan
Embark by Stephen F. Lilly
Bombinate by Jeffrey Loeffert
Shining Through Cracks  by Paul SanGregory
Fantasia  by Justin Writer
Vexatious by Joungmin Lee
Dulce Et Decorum Est by Aaron Alon
Breathing 2: Re/Inspiration by Michael Pounds
If You Walked a Mile by Mike McFerron

Congratulations to our winners!