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2019 SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition

SCI, in conjunction with ASCAP, is pleased to announce the 19th 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.

Undergraduate & High School Division

High school and undergraduate students of any age and nationality are eligible to apply, provided they are enrolled in a composition degree program or are studying privately with a recognized professional composer.

Graduate Division

Graduate students of any age and nationality are eligible to apply, provided they are enrolled in a college or university graduate composition program or are studying privately with a recognized professional composer at the time of their submission. Composers already holding a D.M., D.M.A., or Ph.D. in music are not eligible to enter the contest.

To Qualify

All entrants must be SCI members (student members or student chapter members) at the time of submission. The student rate is $35 per year. If your institution has an SCI student chapter, then annual dues are $25. Join SCI at www.societyofcomposers.org/join.

This fee is not intended to be an application fee and it is not used to finance contest awards. Rather, it is a membership fee into SCI, Inc. which will afford you performance, publication, and recording opportunities, and a connection to nearly 1500 other composers working in a variety of genres. The benefits go far beyond just access to this particular commissioning contest.

To Apply

Receipt Deadline: May 1, 2019

For additional information or questions, contact the contest coordinator, Zae Munn, at sci.ascap@gmail.com.

For more information on Student Chapters, visit this page.

Prize Details

Previous Winners

2018 Felipe Tovar-Henao (graduate winner), Matthew Schultheis (undergraduate winner)

2017 Peter Shin (graduate winner), Daniel Bayot (undergraduate winner)

2016 Thomas Kotcheff and Michael Seltenreich (graduate winners), Alex Berko (undergraduate winner)

2015 David Clay Mettens (graduate winner), Jaehyuck Choi (undergraduate winner)

2014 Texu Kim (graduate winner), Eric Fegan (undergraduate winner)

2013 Bin Li and Duncan Schouten

2012 Shen Yiwen and Elizabeth Nonemaker

2011 Eric Guinivan and Elliot Cless

2010 Andres Carrizo and Gilad Cohen

2009 Douglas Pew and Peiying Yuan

2008 Eric Nathan, Clint Needham, Josť-Luis Hurtado

2007 Jeremy Podgursky, Kryzysztof Wolek, and Ashley Fure

2006 Maxwell Dulaney, Carolyn O’Brien, Erin Gee, and Hermes Camacho

2005 Matt Tommasini, Eric Lindsay, Andrew Norman, and Jay Wadley

2004 Grace Choi, Douglas O'Grady, and Carl Schimmel

2003 Orianna Webb, Jeff Myers, and Dimitri Papageorgiou

2002 Jennifer Walshe, Geof Holbrook, and Mark Volker

2001 Ceiri Torjussen, Moiya Callahan, and Mei-Fang Lin

2000 Lansing McLoskey, Karim Al-Zand, and Ching-chu Hu