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SCI REGION VI "CALL FOR PAPERS and PRESENTATIONS" [DEADLINE Nov. 30]    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (SCI Marketing Coordinator), Wed, 24 Oct 2018 19:15:00 +0000
From the desk of Leslie La Barre (Marketing Coordinator) and David Davies (SCI 2019 Region VI Conference Coordinator)


SCI REGION VI "CALL FOR PAPERS and PRESENTATIONS" 
[DEADLINE Nov. 30]

The Society of Composers, Inc., Region VI (AR, KS, MO, NE, OK, TX) Conference will be held April 11-13 at Texas A&M University-Commerce in Commerce, TX hosted by Dr. David Davies.

Along with the performance of works by SCI composers, we are also extending a call for Papers and Presentations by members of SCI who wish to share their research pertaining to compositional technique, pedagogy, contemporary trends, and analysis.

Please submit abstracts of 300 words or less as a PDF through New Music Engine. In the file, include any technology requirements. Paper sessions will last a total of 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for questions.

Individuals who have submitted scores in response to the earlier call may also submit for the paper presentation. Composers are limited to one paper submission each.

The deadline for submission is November 30th and applicants will be notified via email by January 15th. In order for us to be sure to meet our Conference program printing deadline, we ask that a submissions include a 150 word bio and print quality jpeg headshot.

For additional information you can contact Dr. David Davies at david.davies@tamuc.edu.

Please upload your submission to New Music Engine. 

Click to Apply! 



The 2018 SCI Jazz Contest Winner and Honorable Mention    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Marketing Coordinator Society of Composers, Inc), Fri, 12 Oct 2018 22:32:00 +0000
From the desk of Leslie La Barre (Marketing Coordinator) and Dan Cavanagh (SCI Jazz Contest Coordinator)

The Society of Composers, Inc. would like to congratulate the winner and honorable mention of the first SCI Jazz Contest 2018!

Congratulations: 
Winner and recipient of the $500 award: 
Justin Morell for his work Terraforming


Honorable mention (no monetary award): 
Remy Le Boeuf, for his work Secondhand Smile


2019 SCI Region VI Conference Call for Scores (Deadline October 12, 2018)    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (SCI Marketing Coordinator), Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:09:00 +0000
From the desk of Leslie La Barre (Marketing Coordinator) and David Davies (SCI 2019 Region VI Conference Coordinator)

The Society of Composers, Inc., Region VI (AR, KS, MO, NE, OK, TX) Conference will be held April 11-13 at Texas A&M University-Commerce in Commerce, TX. 
All composers are welcome to submit works for consideration, though preference in score selection will be given to SCI composers who are members of Region VI. 

To join, go to www.societyofcomposers.org. Selected composers must join SCI and also attend the conference in order for their work to be performed. Submissions from student composers are strongly encouraged, as are submissions from composers who are able to supply their own performers.

Composers may submit up to 2 works for any of the listed performers/ensembles (with exceptions for those who are able to provide their own performers). Works should not exceed 20 minutes in length and selected movements of longer works are acceptable. All scores and recordings should be submitted through the New Music Engine site. MIDI recordings are acceptable if no live recording is available.

The deadline for submission is October 12, 2018. Composers whose work(s) will be performed at the conference will be notified via e-mail no later than December 19th. Interested composers are encouraged to submit their work as early as possible to accommodate conductors and performers looking to plan their repertoire for the semester. 

Works for solo instrument (accompanied or solo) may be submitted for the following instruments: 
Any voice type, Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Trumpet, 
Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium 

Works may be submitted for the following large ensembles: 
Wind Ensemble, SATB Choir, Jazz Band

Works may be submitted for the following chamber ensembles: 
Brass Quintet, Brass Quartet (Tpt, Hn, Tbn, Tba), Woodwind Trio (Fl, Cl, Sax), Saxophone Quartet, Trombone Choir, Clarinet Choir, Flute Choir, Brass Choir, Trumpet Choir
Solo and chamber works involving string instruments may be submitted. However, composers should take note that A&M-Commerce does not have a string program and composers are strongly encouraged to provide their own string players. Composers who cannot supply their own performers are still welcome to submit, as the Department of Music may secure supplemental string musicians for the conference. 

Composers and presenters who are selected for this conference are required to remit a registration fee and must agree to attend the conference. The Society of Composers, Inc. is not able to offer travel stipends or honorariums to conference participants. 

For questions about the SCI 2019 Region VI Conference, contact David Davies at david.davies@tamuc.edu.

CLICK HERE to submit your application today!



2018 SCI Jazz Composition Competition (Deadline July 15, 2018)    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (SCI Marketing Coordinator), Thu, 28 Jun 2018 19:25:00 +0000

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    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (David), Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:52:00 +0000

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
https://soundcloud.com/mschultheis/chamber-concerto-for-15-players

Honorable Mention: Stephen Karukas, I am [electric]
https://iu.box.com/s/7i682cq1h887rigel5eo17oa5ser1q9k

Graduate Division 
Winner: Felipe Tovar-Henao, Danzas Encefalicas
https://soundcloud.com/felipetovarhenao/danzas-encefalicas-2017-for-sinfonietta-and-electronics

Honorable Mention: Charles Peck, Vinyl
https://soundcloud.com/charlespeckmusic/vinyl-for-chamber-orchestra/s-5kGK8

SCI CD series, Vol. 33    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (SCI Marketing Coordinator), Sun, 27 May 2018 02:18:00 +0000

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    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (SCI Marketing Coordinator), Sun, 27 May 2018 02:12:00 +0000

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!

2019 SCI NATIONAL CONFERENCE    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (SCI Marketing Coordinator), Sun, 27 May 2018 01:49:00 +0000

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
Chatter
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!




SCI Student National Conference Announced    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:51:00 +0000
From the desk of Natalie Williams
(SCI Student Chapter Coordinator)
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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    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:40:00 +0000
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!    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:29:00 +0000
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    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:41:00 +0000
We are pleased to announce the winners of this year's SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Competition!!!
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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 
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Mark Phillips Announced as Next President of SCI    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:42:00 +0000

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    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Thu, 12 Jan 2017 02:05:00 +0000
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    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:31:00 +0000
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    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:05:00 +0000
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!

Journal of Music Scores Winners Selected    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:04:00 +0000
It is with great pleasure that we announce the works that have been selected for the next SCI Journal of Music Scores:

Rondeaux by Alex Liebermann
Bottom Heavy by Scott Lee
Dulce Et Decorum Est by Aaron Alon
Breathless by Chris Arrell
Meditation by Roydon Tse
Shadow Dance by Ed Martin

Congratulations to our winners!

Region IV Student Conference Call    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:01:00 +0000

The UNC Greensboro Chapter of SCI is excited to announce the call for scores for the Society of Composers, Inc. Region IV Student Conference!
Date: January 26-27, 2017
Location: University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Greensboro, NC)

Any student currently enrolled in a high school or university is eligible to submit works, with a preference for students in SCI Region IV (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN). 

There is no registration fee for this conference. 

Submission Deadline: October 21, 2016
https://goo.gl/forms/W3S6A6yLQthGG5Q33











SCI Newsletter, Issue XLVI: 3    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:48:00 +0000
Check out Issue XLVI: 3 of the SCI Newsletter, which features an interdisciplinary perspective on professionalism written by Andrew Martin Smith.











Call for Submissions    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:55:00 +0000

The University of Texas at Arlington is pleased to host the 2017 Region VI Conference from Feb. 2-4, 2017.
Call for Scores (Deadline Sept. 30, 2016)
Call for Papers (Deadline Sept. 30, 2016)







CD Release!    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:48:00 +0000
We are excited about the recent release of MODES, the 30th edition to the Society of Composers, Inc. CD Series, on Navona Records, a classical label imprint of audio production house PARMA Recordings!
Check it out!












SCI Newsletter, Issue XLVI: 2    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:10:00 +0000
Check out Issue XLVI: 2 of the SCI Newsletter, which features a Region III Conference Report from Mark Zanter.











SCI Newsletter, Issue XLVI: 1    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:03:00 +0000
Check out Issue XLVI: 1 of the SCI Newsletter, which features "Some Thoughts on the State of the Academic Job Market for Composers" by James Paul Sain, SCI President.










SCI Newsletter, Issue XLV: 6    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Thu, 07 Jul 2016 11:36:00 +0000
Check out Issue XLV: 6 of the SCI Newsletter, which features a 50-year timeline of the Society compiled by Gerald Warfield (SCI General Manager)!










Competition Announcement!    Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Andrew), Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:57:00 +0000
SCI is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition:
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Undergraduate Competition:

Commission Winner:
Alex Berko (Aftershock)

Honorable mentions in undergraduate competition
(alphabetical order)
Ryan Lindveit (Spinning Yarns)
Frej Wedlund (Half-light on desolation)
Guang Yang (Immortelle)

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Graduate Competition:
Commission Winners:
(alphabetical order)
Thomas Kotcheff (bang Z)
Michael Seltenreich (Sparks and Flares)

Honorable mentions in graduate competition
(alphabetical order)
Andrew Babcock (Ventriloquy)
Jay Hurst (Still Lives for orchestra)
Charles Peck (Rift & Shade)

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Please join us in congratulating these young composers on their well-earned achievement!