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Instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to apply to the SICPP Ensemble Program.  A limited number of performers will be selected to prepare and perform contemporary chamber music under the direction of SICPP artistic director Stephen Drury; selected ensembles will prepare works by Composer-in-Residence Rand Steiger and be coached in masterclass by the composer.  PDFs of music will be mailed out in May; groups formed from the pool of applicants will also include members of the Callithumpian Consort who will serve as embedded coaches for their ensembles.  Selected ensembles will also perform works by SICPP enrolled composers (see CALL FOR SCORES). All music will be performed for Professor Steiger in the New Works Program masterclass, and on the final marathon concert on Saturday June 20th. Click here for a list of chamber repertoire performed on past SICPP Iditarods.


Composers accepted to the program (see CALL FOR SCORES) will participate in daily colloquia, led by Composition faculty Nicholas Vines, where composers will present their works and discuss their process with fellow composers.  Composers will have their submitted works performed by musicians attending the Institute and/or members of the Callithumpian Consort in a masterclass by Rand Steiger, as well as on the final marathon concert on June 20th.


Masterclasses take place throughout the week on a daily basis. Selected soloists will be invited to perform in masterclasses with the SICPP faculty. Some participants will have masterclass performance opportunities as a part of chamber ensembles. Participants will be coached by members of the Callithumpian Consort, embedded in the groups, or by the SICPP faculty and guests artists on a broad range of repertoire from the last 100 years (click here for suggested repertoire list).


This workshop, led by NEC's Electronic Music Studio Director John Mallia and SICPP's long-time percussion faculty Scott Deal, is focused on the use of electronics in performance. Proposals for sound and multimedia installations are also welcome. Selected electronic artists, including composers, improvisers, and sound artists, as well as performers and composers interested in, but with little or no experience with, electronics will participate in daily sessions of student presentations/demonstrations and faculty critique, workshops on specialized topics in the electronic arts, rehearsals with a multichannel diffusion system and/or other specialized performance setups, and a culminating performance event showcasing participant works. Collaboration among SICPP attendees will be encouraged.

We are seeking composers, sound artists, and performers working with live electronic processing, laptop and/or analog electronics in performance, multichannel sound diffusion, sound installations, networked performance, and related areas. Please send a work sample and a statement outlining a project that you would like to work on during the festival. Resultant work will be presented as part of the SICPP Electronic Workshop concert on June 19th.


The Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice will present seven evening concerts of modern music. Concerts will feature faculty and guest artists: Stephen Drury, Yukiko Takagi, Scott Deal, Stuart Gerber, Corey Hamm, Nolan Pearson, Gabriela Diaz, Alexis Lanz, and the Callithumpian Consort, presenting music by Rand Steiger, Helmut Lachenmann, Elliott Carter, Jo Kondo, Christian Wolff, Jonathan Harvey, Chaya Czernowin, Tristan Murail, Michael Finnissy, Frederic Rzewski, and others. Selected students will be asked to perform on the final marathon concert on Saturday June 20th. All concerts are FREE!


Rand Steiger will be the 2015 SICPP Composer-in-Residence; his music will be presented as part of the evening concert series. Steiger will coach participants on his own works and meet with and discuss works submitted by participating composers, both in masterclass and in individual meetings (see CALL FOR SCORES).


The New England Conservatory Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice is seeking scores for both mixed ensembles (of no more than 6 players) and piano or instrumental solo, to be performed during the June 2015 course (June 12 - 20).  Scores can be of a range of difficulties.  The selected works will be performed by advanced students attending the course and discussed in masterclass and individually by composer-in-residence Rand Steiger.  Composers whose pieces are selected are expected to attend the course for the composer's fee of $850.

Review of submissions for performance begins February 1st.
Composers should submit scores – both a hard copy AND pdf, please -
with minimal biographical information to:

SICPP Scores
c/o Stephen Drury
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115

PDFs and MP3s of works can be emailed to nec.sicpp@gmail.com

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