The National Council is made up of two co-chairs for each SCI region and is chaired by the President of the Society who is elected by the general membership. The National Council is the policy-making body of the Society and responsible for the National and Regional conferences. The regional co-chairs are elected by the members of their respective regions or may be appointed by the President. Each year the National Council meets with the Executive Committee at the National Conference.
The Executive Committee is made up of the editors and producers of SCI publications and projects as well as representatives of various sectors of the membership. Members are appointed by the Chairman of the Executive Committee with the advice and consent of the president. The Chairman is elected by the members of the committee. Most of the members of the Executive Committee are members of the Corporation. Each year the Executive Committee meets with the National Council at the National Conference. This meeting constitutes the Annual Corporation Meeting.
National Council (2010-2011)
James Paul Sain
University of Florida
James Paul Sain (b. 1959) is Professor of Music at the University of Florida where he teaches electroacoustic and acoustic music composition, theory, and technology. He founded and directed the internationally acclaimed Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival for 17 years. His compositional oeuvre spans all major acoustic ensembles, instrumental and vocal soloists, and embraces electroacoustic music. His works have been featured at major national and international societal events. He has presented his music in concert and given lectures in Asia, Europe, South America and North America. Dr. Sain is currently SCI Executive Committee chair and an American Composers Alliance board member. His music is available in print from Brazinmusikanta and American Composers Editions and on CD on the Capstone, Electronic Music Foundation, University of Lanus, Mark Masters and NACUSA labels.
University of Maine at Fort Kent
Scott Brickman is Professor of Music and Education, and Chair of the Arts and Humanities Division at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where he has been teaching since 1997. Along with Elliott Schwartz, he co-hosted the 1999 Region I Conference at Bowdoin College. An active composer, his music is recorded on the New Ariel, Capstone and SEAMUS labels. His Symphony #1 was released in the spring of 2008 on the CD Masterworks of the New Era vol. 12, ERM-6827.
University of Maine
Beth Wiemann was raised in Burlington, VT and studied composition and clarinet at Oberlin College and Princeton University. Her works have been performed by the New York New Music Ensemble, Continuum, Ensemble 21, Earplay, the Motion Ensemble, Opera Vista, saxophonist John Sampen, singers Paul Hillier, Susan Narucki, D'Anna Fortunato, and others. Her compositions have won awards from Copland House, the Orvis Foundation, Colorado New Music Festival, AmericanWomen Composers, and Marimolin as well as various arts councils, and have been featured on the Capstone, Americus, innova and Albany record labels. She teaches composition, music theory and clarinet at the University of Maine.
Message for all members of Region I - we are looking for a host for a Region I conference for 2010 or 2011.
SUNY at Stony Brook
Daniel A. Weymouth composes electroacoustic music, as well as non-electronic music that tends to sound, well, electronic. Commissions have come from a wide range of wonderful musicians; recordings are on the SEAMUS and New World Record. He is Chair of the Music Department of Stony Brook University, where he is also on the Composition faculty and is Co-Director of Computer Music.
Mark Engebretson (b. 1964) is Assistant Professor of Composition and Electronic Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A 2007 recipient of a commission from Harvard University's Fromm Music Foundation, his compositions have been presented at festivals such as ICMC, Bowling Green Festival of New Music and Art, Third Practice Festival, Wien Modern, Gaida Festival, Sonoimagenes, Hörgänge Festival, Ny Musikk, Indiana State University New Music Festival, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, ISCM Festivals, World Saxophone Congresses. He founded the UNCG New Music Festival in 2004, is director of the A.V. Williams Electronic Music Studio at UNCG, and teaches in the summer at the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival.
Dr. Engebretson studied at the University of Minnesota (graduating Summa cum Laude), the Conservatoire de Bordeaux (as a Fulbright Scholar), and Northwestern University, where he received the Doctor of Music degree. At Northwestern he studied composition with M. William Karlins, Pauline Oliveros, Marta Ptaszynska, Michael Pisaro, Stephen Syverud and Jay Alan Yim and saxophone with Frederick Hemke. His teachers in France were Michel Fuste-Lambezat and Jean-Marie Londeix.
Middle Tennessee State University
Mark Phillips is a Distinguished Professor of Music at the Ohio University, where he has taught since 1984. From 1982-84 he was a Visiting Instructor of composition at the Indiana University School of Music. Born in Philadelphia, he holds a B.M. degree from West Virginia University and both an M.M. degree and a D.M. degree from Indiana University. He won the 1988 Barlow International Competition for Orchestral Music. Leonard Slatkin has conducted his music with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Japan. His music has received hundreds of performances throughout the world --including dozens of orchestra performances -- and has been recorded by Richard Stoltzman and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lark Quartet, and several solo artists.
Mr. Phillips has also received awards from the Ohio Arts Council, the Indiana Arts Commission, ASCAP, Meet the Composer, Ohio University, Indiana University, the Delius Composition Competition, and the National Flute Society.
Frank Felice is currently an Associate Professor of Theory, Composition and Electronic Music at Butler University, a position he has held since 1998. He is an eclectic composer who writes with a postmodern mischievousness: his works can be comedic/ironic, simple/complex, or humble/reverent. His recent projects have taken a turn towards the sweeter side, exploring a consonant adiatonicism in a variety of chamber and vocal works.
University of Central Missouri
Eric Honour is a composer/saxophonist/audio engineer residing in the Kansas City area. Associate professor of music at the University of Central Missouri, he is also the director of UCM's Center for Music Technology. His music had been herd at numerous international and national conferences and festivals, recorded on Capstone Records, and published by Roncorp.
Kansas State University
Bruce Reiprich is currently an associate professor in music composition and theory in the School of Music of Northern Arizona University. During the summer he is composer-in-residence at the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania. While a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts last fall, he completed "Solitary Traveller," a five-movement song cycle for soprano and orchestra that will be premiered at the Performing Arts Institute next year. His most recent piece, "Through the Scented Grasses and Broken Mists" for soprano saxophone and piano will be performed next year in Poland and Germany by Jonathan Bergeron.
Glenn Hackbarth lives in the desert southwest where he directs the Computer Music Studios and ACME (Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble) at Arizona State University. The recipient of awards from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, ASCAP, and the National Endowment for the Arts, he has written works in both the acoustic and electronic mediums and received numerous performances in the United States, Canada, and Europe. His music has been performed by the Eastman, Cincinnati, Northwestern, and New England Conservatory wind ensembles, Basso Bongo, Sychronia and The Voices of Change; is published by Carl Fischer and Dorn Publications; and has been recorded on the Access, Advance, Crystal, EAM, Whole>Sum, and Orion Labels.
University of Puget Sound
University of Montana
Patrick C. Williams, a member of the music faculty at The University of Montana-Missoula since 1975, teaches composition, theory, aural perception, 16th- and 18th-century counterpoint, is composer-in-residence and coordinates the theory and composition programs. He served as bass-baritone on the voice faculty for 18 years, performing regularly as soloist specializing in works for chamber ensembles and in oratorios with regional orchestras. Professor Williams also created and directed the UM Renaissance Singers and the UM Women's Chorus. His catalogue of compositions includes a full range of works from vocal and instrumental solos to orchestra and wind ensemble. Since 1997 he has served as co-coordinator of SCI Region VIII, hosting two conferences at UM. The region is scheduled for conferences at California State University-Stanislaus in 2009, and at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, in 2010.
Dr. Greg A Steinke is retired, former Joseph Naumes Endowed Chair of Music/Art and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon; Associate Director, Ernest Bloch Music Festival (’93-97) and Director, Composers Symposium (’90-97) (Newport, OR); served as the National Chairman of the Society of Composers, Inc. (1988-97); currently Secty/Treas of Art Culture Nature, Inc. Composer of chamber and symphonic music and author with published/recorded works and performances across the U. S. and internationally; speaker on interdisciplinary arts, and oboist specializing in contemporary music. His most recent composition honors include: Finalist (of 4)- ’01 Seoul International Composers Competition. Winner of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity Composition Competition, ’02. Honorable Mention - ’02 “Britten-on-the-Bay” Composition Competition Series XIII (Saxophone Quartet). Special Mention - ’03 USA International Harp Competition (Solo Harp). Finalist/Winner - ’04 of COMA Open Score Project in England (Generic Quartet). Honorable Mention - ’05, VIII International Composition Competition of the Corfu Festival (Guitar). Co-winner of First Prize - ’08 2008 Areon Flutes International Chamber Music Competition (Flute Duet).
Executive Commmittee (2013-2014)
Mike McFerron is professor of music and composer-in-residence at Lewis University and he is founder and co-director of Electronic Music Midwest (http://www.emmfestival.org). A past fellow the MacDowell Colony, Ucross, June in Buffalo, and the Chamber Music Conference of the East/Composers’ Forum, honors include, among others, first prize in the Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition (2002), first prize in the CANTUS commissioning/residency program (2002), recipient of the 2005 CCF Abelson Vocal Music Commission, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “First Hearing” Program (2001). McFerron’s music can be heard on numerous commercial CDs as well as on his website at http://www.bigcomposer.com.
The SCI Newsletter contains articles by, for and about SCI members including member news, conference reviews, pedagogy, practice and more. email: email@example.com.
Ohio State University
Benjamin Williams is a composer in central Ohio pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition at The Ohio State University School of Music. He is married to violinist Emily Williams.
John G. Bilotta
A composer from the San Francisco Bay Area, John Bilotta collaborates with local performers and ensembles in performing his own works as well as the works of composers he admires. He is director of the San Francisco Chamber Wind Festival held every July at the San Francisco Conservatory and co-director of the Bay Area's Festival of Contemporary Music now in its sixth year.
It has been an honor to serve, first as assistant-editor, then as editor of SCION over the past five years. SCION, the Society of Composers, Inc., Online News is a web-based listing of opportunities for composers available on the SCI website. SCION has undergone a lot of changes in that time--from a plain text email sent once a month to members to an online publication updated continuously thanks to the hard work of Mike McFerron, our webmaster. A brief monthly email reminds members to check online for recent updates.
If you are advertising a call for scores, competition, commission, fellowship, residency, open position, or other opportunity for composers, SCION can help get the word out to SCI's membership. All submissions will be considered.
To submit your opportunity, send the information by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Preferred formats are plain text e-mail, HTML, Word, or Adobe Acrobat (pdf). The reminder email to SCI members is scheduled for the first day of each month so if you want to be sure that your item is already online when the email goes out, send your information a week before the end of the previous month.
SCION tries to publish submissions in relatively complete form, understanding that some announcements include a great deal more detail than we might be a ble to include. So some cuts may be necessary, particularly background, historical, or promotional text. We want to provide enough information that our members can get a clear idea of what the announcement is about with references to websites or contacts for further details. Once listed, opportunities will be repeated until the deadline passes. Items with no deadline will be listed in several consecutive issues. Ongoing calls with no deadline may be resubmitted once every year. Finally, I would like to express my appreciation to three of our SCI members who have volunteered to serve as assistant editors: Mark Connor, Helena Michelson, and James Sproul. Their assistance is invaluable and has allowed us to greatly expand the size and completeness of SCION.
Bruce J. Taub
Bruce J. Taub was born in New York City. He studied composition with Mario Davidovsky, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Jack Beeson and Chou Wen-chung at Columbia University School of the Arts where he was one of the first two recipients of the Doctor of Music Arts degree. He also studied Indian classical music with Ravi Shankar. His music is published by C.F. Peters Corporation and the Association for the Promotion of New Music. Mr. Taub was Head of Publishing for C.F. Peters Corporation from 1978-2000 and is currently a freelance editor, proofreader and engraver. For more information see brucetaub.com.
I have been the Editor/Production Coordinator of the SCI Journal of Music Scores (an anthology or music by our members) for over 30 years. It is my responsibility to prepare the typesetting and camera-ready copy for our publisher, European American Music.
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Ohio State University
Tom Wells, who studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kent Kennan and Hunter Johnson, is a member of Duo Contemporain, a viola and piano duo that specializes in the performance of contemporary music. His compositions have been performed by major orchestras in the U.S., and his computer music compositions have been performed internationally. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Pennsylvania Arts Council and the Texas Commission for the Arts, and was recipient of the 1990 Governor's Award for Outstanding Individual Artist in Ohio. Professor Wells' reviews and articles have appeared in The Journal of Music Theory, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, and Computer Music Journal, and he has been active in national and international conferences. His music has been recorded on CRI, and his book, The Technique of Electronic Music, was published in 1981.
University of Central Missouri
Lee Hartman holds degrees from the University of Delaware (BM '02 Music Education-Instrumental and Composition) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (MM '05 Composition, MM '08 Musicology, DMA '08 Composition). In 2007 he was invited to both the Iceland Academy of Arts in Reykjavik, Iceland and the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China to give lectures and master classes in composition. His most recent commission came from the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art for a live-performance film score to the 1920 silent film "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." In June 2008 he recorded his first CD of original compositions for percussion.
As Submissions Coordinator for SCI, I have the privilege of facilitating SCI composers' endeavors to be published and recorded. Annually, I coordinate the calls for the SCI Journal of Scores and SCI CD Series.
These products are meant to showcase current trends of musical expression through member compositions, and I am pleased with the artistic excellence across a variety of styles and genres. Typically, these two internal calls will be announced in November with submission dates in February with results announced in June. I am also charged with procuring the judges for these two calls, and I make every effort to pick from a diverse pool of knowledgeable professional composers.
My goal is to assist you in receiving the best possible music for yourself or ensemble. If you or your group wishes to sponsor a composition competition, would like assistance in wording a call for submissions, or would simply like suggestions as to how to keep everything pertaining to your event organized, please feel free to contact me.
Anne Kilstofte primarily writes for ensembles such as orchestras, choirs, chamber groups (string quartets, brass quintets, and woodwind quintets, to name only a few), and for audiences both young and old. Her compositions for voice are thought by some to be her true metier.
Dr. Kilstofte was raised in Colorado by a visual artist and structural engineer and was immersed in classical music from a very early age. She began piano studies at age 4, and performing professionally at the age of 12, as a pianist, organist, and singer.
Georgia State University
Nickitas Demos is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Composition Studies at the Georgia State University School of Music in Atlanta, GA (www.music.gsu.edu). He is also the Artistic Director of the neoPhonia New Music Ensemble. He has served on the National Council of SCI and has hosted the 1998 Region IV SCI Conference as well as the 2008 National SCI Conference.
The webteam is here to help you stay in touch with SCI. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please don't hesitate to email David Drexler (email@example.com) or Matthew McCabe (firstname.lastname@example.org) . Our immense thanks to Tony Reimer for his expertise, hard work, and good humor. On behalf of the webteam, thanks for browsing!
David Drexler's music has been performed on four continents by groups such as L'Ensemble Portique, The New York Miniaturist Ensemble, Synchronia, Sound--The Alarm!, The Dutch Tuba Quartet, the May in Miami Festival, and the EmergOrchestra, and has been broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio and many new-music radio shows around the country. He has received grants and commissions from the Oakwood Chamber Players, Music St. Croix, the Madison Chapter of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and others. His work Liberal Media was recorded by the Oakwood Chamber Players and appears on their CD Scenes. He has served on the board of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers and WAC's Madison Chapter, and as editor of the Society of Composers, Inc. Online News.
University of Florida
Composer Matthew McCabe completed his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in 2001, and served on the music department staff there until 2003. In 2005 he completed his Master of Music in Composition at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Matthew is now a Ph.D. student in composition at the University of Florida where he teaches the introductory Music Technology class and acts as one of three technical directors for the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival.
His music has been performed all over the US and in Scotland. Though focusing primarily on electroacoustic music, he also writes acoustic music and mixed media pieces. His other music-related activies have included serving as the BGSU SCI chapter president, co-directing BGSU's Threshold student electroacoustic music festival, acting as the technical director for the Third Practice festival at Richmond, and serving on the Executive Council of the Society of Composers, Inc. as Web Content Manager.
Matt is also an active songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, bouzouki, and banjo in many venues around Gainesville. He currently plays bass with the alt-country band Wishful Drinkin' and collaborates on songwriting projects with friend and roommate Rick Dietrich. Recently his interests have included homebrewing root beer and expanding his palate for fine wine and Belgian ales.
M. Anthony Reimer (Ex officio)
Composer and sound designer M. Anthony (Tony) Reimer is interested in investigating the inherent contrasts, tensions, and expectations of intimate everyday sounds in ways that invite the audience to appreciate them not as ordinary everyday noise, but as transcendent objects worthy of thoughtful attention.
In Summer Smoke: Final Wisps, an introspective concert hall work begun the summer Reimer quit smoking, the composer integrates the intimate sounds of the habit into the piece: the crackle of cellophane, the packing of the cigarettes, inhalations and exhalations. Contributing to the nostalgia of the piece, the sounds of summer (cicadas, bees, and geese) are heard as if through a morning haze. The result is a challenging commentary on habits and the transformative experiences that lead us from one compulsion to the next.
The Last Straw provides another example of the way in which Reimer makes use of small commonplace sounds in his music. Here, a coffee stirrer is transformed into the aural content of the piece. But further, the distinctive rhythm produced by bending the tip of the stirrer gently, and then releasing it to oscillate back and forth serves as the blueprint for the composition’s structure, nesting inside itself like a set of Russian dolls.
Reimer’s concert music has garnered performances across the country and at festivals such as Electronic Music Midwest, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, and the national conference of the Society of Electro Acoustic Musicians in the United States.
Outside the concert hall, his work extends into a wide variety of domains including theatre, film, video games, and interactive experiences. It is perhaps in these collaborative efforts that Reimer finds his greatest pleasure.
A veteran of professional theatre with over 20 years experience, Reimer has composed music and designed sound effects for close to 200 productions across the United States and abroad. While based in Miami, FL, he earned multiple nominations and twice won the Carbonell award for Best Sound Design, South Florida’s version of the “Tony”.
For over 10 years, Reimer has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Coral Gables’ New Theatre and artistic directors Rafael DeAcha and Ricky Martinez. Included among the 30+ productions Reimer has composed and designed for at New Theatre are several world premieres and over a dozen productions of Shakespeare’s works that have become a staple of their summer season. A highlight of his relationship with “the New” came when he served as composer and sound designer for the world premiere of Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics, the play that won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Reimer also enjoyed an extended relationship with Playmakers Repertory Company (PRC) in Chapel Hill, NC. In over six years with the top-tier regional theatre, Reimer composed music and designed sound for over 20 shows at PRC working with notable directors such as David Hammond, Mark Wing-Davey, Jeff Hayden, and Gene Saks.
Since 2007, Reimer has worked with Chicago’s Organic Theatre Company on over a dozen productions and continues to freelance with a variety of other companies across the country.
In the domain of film, Reimer got his start in 1999 with a short that appeared at the Miami Jewish Film Festival entitled The Wandering Jew. Since then, he has collaborated with Vancouver’s Black Forest Productions Company on a number of projects including the action/adventure web series entitled Libelle. Other recent work includes a sound design/score for a set of short documentary films examining the state of food production in Illinois and the score for a feature named The $30,000 Bequest.
In recent years, designing sound effects and writing music for video games and interactive experiences has become a passion of Reimer’s. He serves as the audio director and composer for Mutiny Games, an independent game company producing innovative titles for PCs and mobile platforms. Reimer has also designed and implemented several solo and collaborative interactive art installations and data sonification projects presented at the Krannert Art Museum and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Champaign-Urbana, IL.
Reimer also serves as a researcher at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications for projects that aid in collaborative efforts between artists. These include a generalized framework for the development of multi-user virtual worlds and support for telematic performances. He is the backend programmer and database administrator for the Society of Composers, Inc. website and consults on a number of non-profit websites.
In any spare time he has left, Reimer enjoys the arts of bread-making and candy-making. In the same way that ordinary, common sounds inspire his artistic output, the process of turning combinations of everyday ingredients such as flour, sugar, and water into new concoctions is endlessly fascinating to him.
Adam Scott Neal
SCI National Office
Gerald Warfield has degrees from the University of North Texas and Princeton University. He was an instructor at Princeton from 1968 to 1971 and Associate Director of the Index of New Music Notation at the New York Public Library from 1971 to 1975. In 1974 he was on the program committee of the International Conference on New Music Notation held in Ghent, Belgium.
He was chairman of the program committee of the 2nd National Conference on Music Theory, 1977 and chairman of the 9th ASUC Annual Conference in 1974. From 1976-1985 he was editor of the Longman Music Series which published professional books in music including the English translation of Heinrich Schenker's Free Composition (die Freie Satz). He was chairman of the SCI Executive Committee, 1972-1974 and the founding editor of the ASUC (SCI) Journal of Music Scores. In 1977 he became General Manager of SCI, a post he has retained until the present except or a brief two-year hiatus. He was treasurer of the American Composers Alliance from 1979 to 1996 and conference chairman for the College Music Society in 1981.
His music includes Three Movements for Orchestra, premiered by the Dallas Symphony and Variations and Metamorphoses, recorded on the first disk of the ASUC Record Series. His books include Layer Analysis (1976), How to Write Music Manuscript (1977), and Layer Dictation, with Richard Brooks.
He began writing in 1985 and has published 15 books in music, finance, and feng shui. In 2000 he returned to Texas where he writes fantasy novels. Currently he is chairman of the Advisory Board of the Boyce Ditto Public Library. He manages SCI from his office on the second story of his house on SW4th Ave. in Mineral Wells Texas where he looks out at trees and his fish pond.
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