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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 Student National Conference Announced

From the desk of Natalie Williams
(SCI Student Chapter Coordinator)
We are delighted to announce the next SCI Student National Conference
September 27-29, 2018 at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University.

Submit your applications today!

SCI CD Series Selection Announcement

From the desk of Anne Neikirk (SCI Submissions Coordinator):

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

Tsigili'i - (Black-Capped Chickadee) by Jonathan Graybill
Rejuvenated (Variations on a Youthful Theme) by Matthew Jaskot
L'etere del Tempo by Keith Kramer
Song of the Avadhut by Gabriel Malancioiu
Rhapsody No. 1  by Vaibhav Mohanty
Dreams Interrupted by Mark W. Phillips
Refugees by Robert Strobel
When All Else Fails (Take Your Time) by Jacob Thiede

I would also like to acknowledge our judges: Igor Karaca, Leah Reid, Rebecca Waller Gillan, Christopher Coleman, and Mark Petering. Thank you for volunteering your time and expertise to adjudicate this call - your work is indispensable to our organization.

Congratulations to our winners!

CD Release!

SCI and PARMA Recordings invite you to experience the recent Navona release of ASCEND, Volume 31 of the SCI CD Series, featuring works by Patrick Houlihan, Joungmin Lee, Paul SanGregory, Mike McFerron, Justin Writer, Aaron Alon, Michael Pounds, Jeffrey Loeffert, and Stephen F. Lilly.

SCI/ASCAP Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year's SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Competition!!!
Winner: Undergraduate/High School Division
Daniel Bayot for The Philosophy of Wood

Runner-Up: Undergraduate/High School Division
Micah Burkhardt for Shards of Us

Winner: Graduate Division
Peter Shin for Relapse

Runner-Up: Graduate Division
Joshua Hey for Lens Flare from Alpha Centauri 

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!