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June 12-20, 2020 at New England Conservatory, Boston MA

Stephen Drury, Artistic Director
Chaya Czernowin, 2020 Guest Composer
Tony Arnold, 2020 Guest Artist (Soprano)
Gloria Cheng, 2020 Guest Artist (Piano)
Sara Haefeli, 2020 Scholar-in-Residence

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Application deadline 2/23

What “Sick Puppies” say:

Thank you for building this community of like-minded people! I can't wait to come back.

The performances by Callithumpian were among the most exciting I’ve seen in general, and the performances by fellows as well were amazing. Overall, I’m very grateful to have attended and learned a lot from meeting and watching many talented people doing some really interesting things.

It was by far my favorite event I've attended as a composer so far and I hope I can make it back in future years!

This was one of the most welcoming and kind musical environments that I have ever been in. I have made so many new friends and finally feel like I found a home in classical music!

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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Chaya Czernowin

2020 Composer-in-Residence

Chaya Czernowin was born and brought up in Israel. After her studies in Israel, at the age of 25, she continued studying in Germany (DAAD grant), the US, and then was invited to live in Japan (Asahi Shimbun Fellowship and American NEA grant) Tokyo, in Germany (a fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude) and in […]

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Photo by Claudia Hansen

Tony Arnold

2020 Guest Artist - Voice

“Soprano Tony Arnold is a luminary in the world of chamber music and art song.  Today’s classical composers are inspired by her inherently beautiful voice, consummate musicianship, and embracing spirit” (Huffington Post).  Hailed by the New York Times as “a bold, powerful interpreter,” she is internationally acclaimed as a leading proponent of contemporary music in concert and recording, having premiered hundreds […]

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Photo by Lefteris Photography

Gloria Cheng

2020 Guest Artist - Piano

Grammy and Emmy Award-winning pianist GLORIA CHENG has long been devoted to a process of creative collaboration, having worked extensively with such internationally renowned composers as John Adams, Terry Riley, Thomas Adès, and the late Steven Stucky. Since beginning her professional career in the 1980’s, Ms. Cheng has appeared as a featured soloist with the […]

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Sara Haefeli

2020 Scholar-in-Residence

We are thrilled to welcome back Sara Haefeli for her 2nd SICPP as Scholar-in-Residence!   Ithaca College associate professor Sara Haefeli teaches music history, music of the American avant garde, and philosophy of creativity courses. Her research focuses on the American experimental tradition and John Cage. She is the author of John Cage: A Research and […]

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