The SCI Student and Early Career Mentorship Program is a new program begun in 2022. Mentoring opportunities are available for pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, and early career composers who are members of SCI and those four levels will be offered consecutively over the course of a year.
Three commentators provide written feedback about each submission and they also provide a ranking to select winners who also receive modest monetary awards and recognition on social media. When submission numbers are suitably large, an overall winner and regional winners will be determined.
The primary purpose of the program is to provide each and every submitter with informed professional feedback appropriate to their age level. This is intended to be a significant and meaningful benefit of SCI membership to student and early career composers.
The Coordinator of the SCI Student and Early Career Mentorship Program is a member of SCI’s Executive Committee.
2023 Graduate Results
Anuj Bhutani, First Place for On Letting Go (cello and live electronics)
Anuj is a 1st year MM student at USC, currently studying with Ted Hearne. He is in SCI Region 7.
Paul Novak, Second Place for almostdances (string quartet)
Paul is a 3rd year PhD in Composition, UChicago, currently studying with Augusta Read. Thomas. He is in SCI Region 5.
Susanna Payne-Passmore, Honorable Mention for World on Fire (string quartet)
Susanna is a 3rd year PhD Student at University of Pennsylvania, currently studying with Tyshawn Sorey. They are in SCI Region 3.
Devin Cholodenko, Honorable Mention, for Chasing Memory (flute, Bb clarinet, violin, and cello)
Devin is a First year DMA student at University of Miami, currently studying with Dorothy Hindman. He is in SCI Region 2.
2022 Undergraduate Results
Will Davenport, First Place
–Will studies with Robert McClure at Ohio University
Jack Kaiser, Second Place
–Jack studies with David T. Little at Mannes School of Music
Moa Glimberg, Honorable Mention
–Moa studies with Christopher Schmitz at Mercer University
2022 Pre-College Results
Jack Kaiser is our 1st place winner. He submitted The Tangibility of Colour for flute, oboe, vibraphone, double bass, and piano. Jack is a student of Cynthia van Maanan and he is 17. He just graduated from high school. Jack is in SCI Region 5.
Sky Yang is our 2nd place winner. He submitted Colourful Escapade for symphony orchestra. Sky is a student of Roydon Tse and he is 14. He just completed 9th grade and is also in SCI Region 5.