McFerron elected Chair of Board for Society of Composers

Lewis University professor elected Chair of the Board for the Society of Composers

Published: January 10, 2013.

Lewis University Professor of Music, Mike McFerron, has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors for the Society of Composers, Inc. SCI is a professional society dedicated to the promotion, performance, understanding and dissemination of new and contemporary music.

McFerron, a resident of Lockport, has been a member of SCI for nearly 20 years and served on the Board of Directors as the SCI Webmaster, where he coordinated a team of other volunteers to manage web services of SCI.

“I am very honored to take on this leadership role in this national organization. I think my involvement will be a good thing for our students and school,” McFerron commented.

SCI organizes and hosts a national conference, a student national conference, and up to eight regional conferences across the country each year. For several years, McFerron has chaperoned Lewis University students to conferences held by the SCI. For many music composition students in the United States, a SCI conference is often where a composition student receives their first professional performance.

McFerron is also founder and co-director of the Electronic Music Midwest. The organization promotes electroacoustic music and organizes an annual festival that has programmed over 500 new electroacoustic compositions since 2002. McFerron’s original compositions continue to be performed around the world, and in 2011, his opera scene, “Loving Is” premiered at Carnegie Hall.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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