Society for New Music


Applications Being Accepted for HWS Composer's Sandbox Summer Intensive

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Composer's Sandbox Summer Intensive is an opportunity for composers in the early stages of their career to study with a renowned faculty of composers. Students selected for the program will have the opportunity to work with musicians from the award-winning Society for New Music. The two-week-long Intensive will culminate in a performance and recording of their work by SNM's acclaimed Society Players.

DATES: June 2-14, 2022

* Daily meetings with composition faculty to discuss works in progress
* Faculty-led group composition seminars to facilitate discussion of student works and provide evaluative and critical feedback
* Improvisation workshops
* 48-hour composition challenge
* Composition seminars to look at seminal works and works by historically disenfranchised/marginalized composers -- particularly focusing on compositions germane to the works of student composers
* Orchestration seminars
* A seminar on entrepreneurship: building marketing skills as a composer

FACULTY: Mark Olivieri, Jennifer Bellor, Marc Mellits, Douwe Eisenga

TUITION: $1,500, includes room and board

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Feb. 14, 2022 (midnight EST)

For more information or to apply, visit


SCI Region II Conference: November 4-6, 2022

In the fall of 2022, Syracuse University's Setnor School of Music will host the Society of Composers, Incorporated Region II Conference. This conference is the first SCI Region II conference to be held since 2006. Region II includes SCI members from New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico. Interested in becoming a member of SCI? For more information, please visit

The conference will feature several calls for scores, as well as panel and project proposals. We are partnering with Central New York's Society for New Music and Symphoria! for this multi-day event. Our guest artist, composer Nilo Alcala, will be the featured composer of the choral concert and will give a pre-concert talk.

The conference will begin with a concert on the evening of Friday, November 4. Activities on Saturday, November 5 include concerts, panels, and networking opportunities. The conference concludes on Sunday, November 6 with a 4:00 pm choral concert by Syracuse's University Singers in Hendricks Chapel.

The full schedule will be posted on this site in the spring of 2022.

The conference includes a variety of calls for scores and proposals, due February 15, 2022. SCI members are invited to send up to two submissions to the conference.
More information can be found on the SCI website.

The conference will offer a menu of virtual and in-person registration options. Our registration page will be posted in the spring of 2022.


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Announcing the 13th Annual Young Composers Corner

Announcing the 13th Annual Young Composers Corner at Cazenovia Counterpoint: A one-of-a-kind program offered at no cost to middle- and high-school students interested in or currently writing music.

Taking place at Cazenovia Public Library July 19–23, YCC sessions include exercises, activities, and discussions designed to help young composers express themselves more expertly in music. Participants have access to music-writing software on library computers and learn from professional composer Paul Leary.

Completed pieces will be performed by the composer and/or Society for New Music Players, with an opportunity for feedback from audience and musicians. The reading session/performance will be held on July 31 at 4:00 pm at Cazenovia's Lakeland Park or Stone Hill Quarry Art Park.

Download YCC Flyer (PDF)

For more information, contact or

Presented with generous support from donors and grantors, including Syracuse Sounds of Music Association, Boeheim Foundation, and John Ben Snow Foundation.


SNM Invites Arts Organizations and Performers to Help Celebrate Its 50th Season

As the Society for New Music makes plans for its 50th season of new music in 2021-22, our board is inviting arts organizations, ensembles, and soloists in the region to join in that celebration by showcasing and/or performing music by one of the composers who we've commissioned or who has won our Israel/Pellman Prize winners over these many years. The full list of our commissioned and prize-winner composers can be found here. However, performing music by any living composer, especially one from Upstate New York, would qualify
for the performance list SNM will publicize throughout the season.

SNM is one of the oldest new music groups in the U.S., and the existence of SNM in Upstate New York benefits many regional colleges and universities by attracting gifted musicians and composers to the area, affording them a new music community, performance opportunities, and premieres of music on the cutting edge.

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