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2012 SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Commission

Submission Deadline: February 29, 2012 (extended)

The Society of Composers, Inc., in conjunction with ASCAP, is pleased to announce the eleventh of a series of annual commissions to be awarded to two student composers. The winners will be selected from a pool of finalists from each region, and their music will be subsequently premiered at a National Conference and recorded.

Awards for Winning Pieces

Previous Winners

Submission Guidelines

Submission Check List

  1. Electronic submissions to kjuusela@berklee.edu.
  2. Include region number in email title.
  3. Fill out and include the submission form.
  4. Must be member of SCI.
  5. Include proof of student status.


Each work will be adjudicated in one of nine regions (Region V is being divided between East and West). Three winning scores will be selected from each region and sent to the National Conference for final adjudication. Two winning composers at the national adjudication will be chosen to write new works to be performed and recorded the following year.

If there is no national conference or student national, then a regional conference host will be chosen. The judges reserve the right to reconfigure the award money. The composer may choose to have the premiere performance placed on the SCI CD, or may reserve the option to arrange his/her own recording session. While it is our intention to include winning compositions on the SCI CD series, in all cases the direct or indirect costs of an acceptable tape for inclusion must be born by the host institution, the composer, or an outside funding source.

SCI reserves the right to choose the CD on which the winning works will be produced (either on the regular SCI CD series, or a special issue every other year). SCI will endeavor to arrange the performance and recordings to the mutual satisfaction of all parties, but reserves to itself final approval of the arrangements. Nevertheless, all rights to the music will remain with the composer.

For More Information

For more information on this competition, please contact the contest coordinator:

Kari Juusela
phone (617) 747-8629 (PW Division Office) or
(617) 747-2968 (Direct Line)
e-mail kjuusela@berklee.edu

For more information on Student Chapters, please contact Nick Demos at Georgia State University:

phone (404)651-1728
e-mail ndemos@gsu.edu

For more information on membership, please e-mail: secretary@societyofcomposers.org.