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The SICPP 2021 application period will begin shortly.

After reading the following information thoroughly regarding required supplemental materials for your chosen program (Performance, New Works, or Electronic Workshop), please fill out the simple application form linked below. When you submit the form you will automatically be redirected to the NEC site to pay the application fee. All applicants must be eighteen years or older. On-campus housing is available — please see Housing information below for more details.

How to Apply


On-Campus Housing

Application Requirements

Performance Program Application Requirements

  • CV or resume
  • Recordings (if possible)
    • 1 contemporary selection
    • 1 standard repertoire
  • Letter of recommendation (optional, but strongly suggested)
  • A list of any prospective chamber works you are interested in working on during SICPP (optional)
  • Solo repertoire you will have prepared before SICPP, and would like to be considered for performance in masterclass and/or on midday concerts at the Gardner Museum (percussion midday concert will be at NEC) (optional)

New Works Program Application Requirements

  • Bio or artist’s statement
  • At least one, up to three (3) works to be considered for performance at SICPP.
    • Works for no more than 6 players (any instrumentation welcome, basic use of electronics permitted)
    • Recordings of performances of submitted works are optional but strongly suggested when possible
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)

Electronics Workshop Application Requirements

  • Bio or artist’s statement
  • A specific proposal for a project/piece you would like to focus on throughout the week, whether for live performance or an installation
  • Work samples such as video, audio, scores, etc. (optional)
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)

Auditor Requirements

All are welcome to audit SICPP – no application is necessary. Registered auditors are able to attend all of the daily SICPP events taking place at NEC, including all concerts, the New Works colloquia, Electronic Workshop colloquia and seminars, masterclasses given by SICPP faculty and guest artists, and all open rehearsals throughout the week.

You can apply to be a SICPP 2020 auditor in spring 2020! The link will be posted above when available.

Please submit supplemental materials as part of your application, if possible. Otherwise, supplemental materials can be submitted by email to (preferred) or by mail (last resort) to:

Stephen Drury, SICPP
c/o New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Review of applications begins immediately after the application deadline.

If you have further questions after reading all of the information here, please email with any questions.

Submitting a Recommendation Letter

  • Recommendation letters should be emailed to as an attachment. (Do not include the letter in the body of the email.)
  • Letter should be in one of the following formats:
    • PDF
    • Word document (*.doc or *.docx)
    • Google Doc.
  • Email subject line: SICPP 2020 Recommendation for [student first and last names]


  • Percussionists, Instrumentalists, and Vocalists: $725
  • Pianists: $825
  • Composers: $925
  • Electronic Workshop: $725
  • Auditors: $375

All of the above require a $50 application fee payable on the NEC website upon completion of the application form.

Auditors do not need to fill out an application form; they must register using the link (see “Auditor Requirements” above).

In the event a student needs to withdraw from the program, our refund policy is as follows:
80% refund up to April 15
50% refund April 16th through May 1
30% refund May 2nd through May 15
No refund after May 15

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance via the email address provided during the application process. Those not accepted as active participants are encouraged to enroll as auditors.


Please note: Housing rates below are effective for SICPP 2019. Please check back for 2020 rates in early spring!

Student housing is available on-campus at the NEC Student Life and Performance Center, located at 255 St. Botolph St.

Registration links for on-campus housing will be distributed with admission and acceptance materials. Cost details below apply to SICPP 2019.

  • 8 Nights: Single-Occupancy Room ($800) or Double-Occupancy Room ($640)
  • 9 Nights: Single-Occupancy Room ($900) or Double-Occupancy Room ($720)
  • 10 Nights: Single-Occupancy Room ($1,000) or Double-Occupancy Room ($800)

Linens (sheets and towels) will be provided for all participants! There is coin laundry in the building, and there is a common floor with a full kitchen and a fridge, which residents are welcome to use.
The bathrooms are communal, but gender-specific; some floors are co-ed, and some are single-gender. (Nonbinary accommodations are available; please request when reserving your housing.)

Registration links for on-campus housing will be distributed with admission and acceptance materials.