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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

2018 SCI Jazz Composition Competition (Deadline July 15, 2018)

From the desk of Leslie La Barre (Marketing Coordinator)

2018 SCI Jazz Composition Competition
Society of Composers, Inc. is pleased to announce the first annual Jazz Composition Competition. One first prize will be awarded to a composer.
First prize: $500.00

To Qualify
All entrants must be SCI members at the time of submission. Join SCI at http://www.societyofcomposers.org/join.

Submitted works must have been composed in the past 5 years from the submission deadline. Only original works for jazz big band are eligible; arrangements are not eligible. The work submitted must have not received an award in a national or international composition contest.

To Apply
Submit both a score (PDF) and a recording (mp3) of one work composed for standard jazz band instrumentation [5 saxophones (with or without standard doubles), 4 trumpets/flugelhorns, 4 trombones (3 tenor plus bass), piano, guitar, bass, drum set]. The recording submitted can be of a studio session, live performance, or sequenced format. Live or studio recording preferred.

*Scores should be free of identifying information, using only a title and pseudonym marked on the score.*

Receipt Deadline: July 15, 2018, 11:59pm

For additional information or questions, contact the contest coordinator, Dan Cavanagh, at scijazzcontest@gmail.com

Winners will be notified by October 1, 2018

CLICK HERE to submit your application today!

SCI/ASCAP Competition results

From the desk of 
Ian Guthrie (Assistant Marketing Coordinator) & 
Zae Munn (SCI/ASCAP Commission Competition Coordinator)

Congratulations to the winners and honorable mention recipients in the 2018 SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition. They are listed here along with links to sound files of their winning compositions.

High School/Undergraduate Division:
Winner: Matthew Schultheis, Chamber Concerto

Honorable Mention: Stephen Karukas, I am [electric]

Graduate Division 
Winner: Felipe Tovar-Henao, Danzas Encefalicas

Honorable Mention: Charles Peck, Vinyl

SCI CD series, Vol. 33

From the desk of Leslie La Barre
(Marketing Coordinator) & Chin-ting Chan (Submissions Coordinator)

Deadline: May 31, 2018, 11:59 pm EST.

The Society of Composers, Inc. is pleased to announce a call for works for Volume 33 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. To see an archive of past SCI CDs, please visit this page.

Any questions can be directed to Chin-ting Chan: submissionscoordinator@societyofcomposers.org

                      Submit your application here!

SCI Journal of Music Scores, Vol. 58-59

From the desk of Leslie La Barre
(Marketing Coordinator) & Chin-ting Chan (Submissions Coordinator)

Deadline: Thursday, May 31st, 2018

The Society of Composers, Inc. is pleased to announce a call for works for Volume 58 and 59 of the Society of Composers Journal of Music Scores.To see an archive of past SCI Journals, please visit our WEBSITE.

Any questions can be directed to Chin-ting Chan: submissionscoordinator@societyofcomposers.org.

For Submission Guidelines, please click HERE. 

Deadline for submission is MAY 31, 2018. 

                Submit your application today!


From the desk of Leslie La Barre
(Marketing Coordinator)

-Deadline: Friday, June 1st, 2018-

The University of New Mexico and the Robb Musical Trust are pleased to invite composers of all ages and nationalities to submit scores for performance at the 2019 SCI National Conference (March 28th to March 31st, 2019) as part of the 48th annual John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium.

*Questions about the conference may be directed to the Robb Musical Trust Program Specialist, Eva Lipton-Ormand: admin@robbtrust.org. 

For more information, please click HERE.

Special guest performers include: 
The Arditti String Quartet
Sound Icon
Emanuele Arciuli
New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble
UNM Music Department ensembles and performance faculty.

Deadline for submission is June 1, 2018. Programming decisions will begin to be announced starting on Sept. 15, 2018.

                Submit your application today!