Society of Composers, Inc.
- Christopher E. Mehrens
Organization founded in New York in 1966 as the American Society of University Composers by Donald Martino, J.K. Randall, Claudio Spies, Henry Weinberg, Peter Westergaard, Charles Wuorinen, and Benjamin Boretz. Its mission was to further the cause of contemporary American music by providing opportunities for performing, recording, and publishing compositions by its members. In 1986 the organization's name was changed to the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) to reflect the demography of the organization. Each year the society hosts a national and several regional conferences for which members are invited to submit compositions and proposals for papers, sound installations, and panel discussions. It also sponsors, with the assistance of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), an annual Student Commission Competition and the annual SCI National Student Conference, which is a “major festival of works by young composers.” The society publishes the 29-volume Journal of Music Scores, a growing CD recording series (30 volumes as of ...