Join us for SICPP 2018!
June 15–23, 2018 at New England Conservatory, Boston MA

Stephen Drury, Artistic Director
Julian Anderson, 2018 Composer-in-Residence
Allen Otte and Mark Menzies, 2018 Guest Artists

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What “Sick Puppies” say:

Nick [Vines] is a truly great composer, an outstanding, candid, generous and professional mentor, and has made my time [at SICPP] more than worth it! I cannot say enough glowing things about him.

I wanted again to write you and express how fascinating and special the last week at NEC was. Thank you for the rare opportunity to listen to this interesting combination of "older" and "newer" New Music during the evening concerts and experience it through such extraordinary performances.

It really was the best musical experience of my life! Being able to meet so many people that share an equal if not more exuberant love for contemporary music was invaluable to my growth as a musician and a person. The intensity of the week really helped me rise to a new level.

Hearing composers and musicians talk about new music formally (in the masterclasses and colloquia), and informally was so educational. All of the performances on the series at Jordan Hall, at the Gardner, and at the Iditarod were fantastic. There were such good vibes and an intense excitement about new music in the air!

This summer program was really motivating, and I'm going to try to find people here to start a new music ensemble at my school.

So many like-minded people creating this great artistic community, playing fantastic music all the time. I met so many interesting performers and composers with really enlightening perspectives and thoughts, and I can't wait to come back to SICPP next time... I've been raving about it nonstop to my family and friends. Thanks again for a truly inspiring week of masterclasses and colloquia and concerts.

The entire faculty was phenomenal; superb teachers all. I don't think I've ever learned so much in so little time. The master classes were the best I've ever experienced, both as a participant and as an audience member. The faculty recitals were all extraordinary. The whole experience has a wonderfully enthusiastic and positive spirit – very energizing.

For me SICPP had the aura of an being in a parallel universe, where almost everything is identical to this one, except that when you walk down the halls of a music conservatory, from room after room you hear one contemporary composition after another, and when, occasionally you come across someone practicing a Chopin Etude, you stop and say, 'What the heck is that guy doing?!

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Allen Otte

2018 Guest Artist

Allen Otte came to the University of Cincinnati in 1977 with The Blackearth Percussion Group; in 1979 he founded Percussion Group Cincinnati. Appearances in their national and international touring schedule have included the major cities, festivals, concert halls and schools of America, Europe and Asia. Over the past 30 years, many young composers from around […]

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Julian Anderson

2018 Composer-in-Residence

Julian Anderson is one of the most talented composers of his generation. Born in London in 1967, he studied with John Lambert, Alexander Goehr and Tristan Murail and first came to prominence when his orchestral Diptych (1990) won an RPS Prize in 1992. Anderson has held Composer in Residence positions with the City of Birmingham […]

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Mark Menzies

2018 Guest Artist

Residing in the United States since 1991, MARK MENZIES has established a worldwide reputation as a violist and violinist. He has been described in the Los Angeles Times as an “extraordinary musician” and a “riveting violinist.” His career as a viola and violin virtuoso, chamber musician, and conductor and advocate of contemporary music has seen […]

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Stephen Drury

Stephen Drury

Artistic Director

Pianist and conductor Stephen Drury has performed throughout the world with a repertoire that stretches from Bach to Liszt to the music of today. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Barbican Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and from Arkansas […]

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