Society of Composer Inc. Student Chapter

"Our mission is to lead students to an appreciation and comprehension of the creative spirit across time and culture, within the context of the Christian faith. Recognizing that music and its creation is an integral part of a liberal arts education."

The Society of Composers, Inc. is a professional society dedicated to the promotion, performance, understanding and dissemination of new and contemporary music. Members include composers both in and outside academia interested in addressing these concerns on a national and regional level.

Choral Composer Presents Clinic for Music Students

Choral and composition students had an opportunity to interact with an outstanding professional in their field when composer and conductor Dan Gawthrop visited Lipscomb University for a one-day workshop on January 26. Gawthrop is best known for his choral music, which includes works both sacred and secular, both accompanied and a cappella. His best-known work is perhaps "Sing Me To Heaven," a piece for unaccompanied choir which performing groups and audiences have found so profoundly moving that an entire page of the Dunstan House publishers' website is devoted to "Sing Me to Heaven" stories.

>Mr. Gawthrop conducted sessions on commissioning a new piece and working with the composer to create it, and on making a living as a composer. He served as guest conductor and clinician for both the Lipscomb High School Concert Chorus (performing "Sing Me to Heaven") conducted by Robert King, and the Lipscomb University A Cappella Singers (presenting Gawthrop's "Prayer for Grace") conducted by Dr. Gary Wilson. The A Cappella Singers also performed a new piece by junior composition student Julian Calvin, "House of Jacob," for Mr. Gawthrop to evaluate and critique. In addition to his work with Julian Calvin's piece, he spent time with composition major Zac Swann's writing in an afternoon session for composition students.


 

SCI Visits Nashville Composer Paul Rucker

Student Chapter of SCI (Society of Composers, Inc.) visits the studio of Nashville composer Paul Rucker. Student composers Natalin Crutcher, Mike Driscoll, Patrick Shahade, Zac Swann and SCI faculty advisor Sally Reid listened as Rucker talked about his work, studio and experiences as a composer. September 2011

Mike Driscoll, Natilan Crutcher, Patrick Shahade, Paul Rucker, Zac Swann, Paul Rucker in his Nashville studio