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Why a 'society' and not simply a 'concert series'? 'Jake came up with the name for the group, and we formulated our objectives together', replies Taylor. Continues Romig, 'The word society is an all-encompassing term that best suits our multiple goals: performing music, organizing concerts, commissioning new works, and working with student composers, performers, and conductors.'

SCA in the early days. From left to right, Edward Taylor, Ashlee Mack, John McMurtery and James Romig
SCA in the early days. From left to right, Edward Taylor, Ashlee Mack, John McMurtery and James Romig

In the early days, Romig and Taylor employed their friends and colleagues from Rutgers as performers on their SCA concert programs, but as time progressed and the Society grew in reputation and renown, the organization began sponsoring performances by highly established players from around the country.

SCA directors and assistant directors. From left to right, Ashlee Mack, Edward Taylor, John McMurtery and James Romig
SCA directors and assistant directors. From left to right, Ashlee Mack, Edward Taylor, John McMurtery and James Romig

Today, the SCA features regular appearances by flutist John McMurtery and pianist Ashlee Mack (both of whom serve as assistant directors to the Society), as well as guest appearances by other stellar performers: Lynn Raley (piano), Tony Oliver (percussion), Ted Gurch (clarinet) and Helen Kim (violin).

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