S.C.I. is an independent organization concerned with the fellowship, collaboration, career goals, and objectives of new and contemporary music composers and those interested in topics related to composition. The University of Miami was one of the first in the country to form a student chapter.
The annual Student Commission Competition, which S.C.I. sponsors with the generous assistance of ASCAP, has helped and encouraged the careers of many young composers. Indeed, the student-membership and student-chapter component in SCI is one of the strongest in the organization. The yearly National Student Conference is a major festival of works by young composers, and is “student” in name only.
S.C.I. Frost School of Music Student Chapter 2009-2010
· Dan Dickinson, President
· David Sargent, Vice President
· Bruce Johnston, Secretary
· Dan Shafer, Treasurer
· Dr. Lansing McLoskey, Faculty Adviser
September: Songs of Faith Fellowship. Alyssa Kassler was awarded our fellowship which pairs an SCI composer with a local church and synagogue. This year, Temple Judea and First United Methodist Church, both of Coral Gables, were the participating congregations. Alyssa wrote a choral piece in the fall which was premiered at the Coral Gables Congregational church in an Ecumenical Thanksgiving service. She’ll write a second piece this spring to be performed by the choirs from both congregations.
October: Scares and Scores Film Festival. This very well-attended Halloween-themed event at University of Miami’s Bill Cosford Cinema paired University of Miami student filmmakers with UMSCI composers. The filmmakers made short horror films, the composers scored them, and our pit orchestra (assembled for the event) played live to accompany the films. Skip Sams was awarded a “Golden Clothespin” for Best Score.
November: Our annual Fall Concert, coordinated by Bruce Johnston, featured almost two hours of new works by University of Miami students.
December: Three of our composers participated in the collaborative composition project with University of Florida and Ball State, organized by UF’s Jorge Variego.
April 5: Seven Strings Concert. This concert will feature performances of University of Miami string quartets and guitar trios, performed by the Bergonzi String Quartet (University of Miami’s professional quartet-in-residence) and the Miami Guitar Trio (founded by SCI member and University of Miami alumnus Federico Bonacossa).
April 16: Spring Concert. Our annual spring concert will feature performances of new student compositions, including the collaboration “Bridges” written with UF and Ball State composers.