Join us for SICPP 2019!
June 14 - 22, 2019 at New England Conservatory, Boston MA

Stephen Drury, Artistic Director
Michael Finnissy, Guest Composer
Joseph Kubera, Guest Artist - Piano
Mark Dresser, Guest Artist - Double Bass

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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Michael Finnissy

2019 Composer-in-Residence

Michael Finnissy was born in Brixton, South London in 1946. His father was a photographer, documenting the rebuilding of London after WWII. MF started writing music at age 4, and taught himself about composing by listening to Antony Hopkins ‘Talking about Music’ on BBC Radio, and visiting public music libraries. He was eventually awarded a […]

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Mark Dresser

2019 Guest Artists - Bass

Mark Dresser is a Grammy nominated, renowned bass player, improviser, and composer. At the core of his music is an obsession and commitment to expanding the sonic, musical, and expressive possibilities of the contrabass. He has recorded over one hundred-forty CDs including including ten CDs as composer/bandleader, four solo recordings and a DVD.  From 1985 to […]

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Joseph Kubera

2019 Guest Artist - Piano

Hailed by Village Voice critic Kyle Gann as one of “new music’s most valued performers,” JOSEPH KUBERA has been recognized as a leading interpreter of contemporary music for the past 30 years. He has been soloist at such festivals as the Berlin Inventionen, the Warsaw Autumn and Prague Spring, Miami’s Subtropics Festival and Berkeley’s Edgefest. […]

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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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