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 and the SICPP faculty; selected ensembles will prepare works by the Composer-in-Residence and be coached in masterclasses. Other selected ensembles will also perform works by composers enrolled in the SICPP New Works Program, which will include composition masterclasses led by Faculty and Guests, and a performance on the final marathon concert, known as “the Iditarod.” PDFs of music will be mailed out in May; groups formed from the pool of applicants may include members of the Callithumpian Consort who will serve as embedded coaches for their ensembles. See a list of chamber repertoire performed on past SICPP Iditarods.

Performance Workshops

Selected performers enrolled in SICPP’s Ensemble program will also have the opportunity to perform as soloists. Upon acceptance to the program we request SICPP fellows submit solo repertoire for consideration for two categories of performance:

– Masterclasses with the SICPP Faculty and Guest Artists

– Performances of solo works in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall on afternoon concerts each weekday (N.B. Percussion equipment is too complicated to transport to the Gardner, so percussionists will give their solo performances at NEC on Tuesday afternoon).



Composers are invited to submit scores for both mixed ensembles (of no more than 6 players) and piano, vocal, or instrumental solo, to be rehearsed and performed during course. Scores can be of a range of difficulties. Composers accepted to the program 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 prepared in close collaboration with SICPP Instrumental Fellows and/or members of the Callithumpian Consort. The works will be performed for the Composer-in-Residence in a masterclass, and will also be performed and recorded on the final marathon concert, known as “the Iditarod.”


Each year we are honored to have a Composer-in-Residence; their music is presented as part of the evening concert series. The Composer also coaches participants on his/her own works; meets with New Works Program students; and hears a variety of pieces performed in masterclasses, rehearsals, and in individual meetings. Past Composers-in-Residence have included Vinko Globokar, Rand Steiger, Christian Wolff, Roger Reynolds, and Tristan Murail.



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 live performance, whether purely on laptop or in collaboration with live instrumentalists; proposals for sound and multimedia installations are also welcome. SICPP Electronic Workshop fellows have included composers, sound artists, and performers working with live electronic processing, laptop and/or analog electronics in performance, multi-channel sound diffusion, sound installations, networked performance, and related areas. Performers and composers interested in, but with little or no experience with, electronics are also welcome to apply. The group will participate in daily sessions of student presentations/demonstrations and faculty critique, workshops on specialized topics in the electronic arts, rehearsals with a multi-channel diffusion system and/or other specialized performance setups. Collaboration with SICPP instrumental fellows will be encouraged. Resultant work will be presented as part of the SICPP Electronic Workshop Concert on Friday.



Artistic Director Stephen Drury presents six evening concerts of music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Concerts will feature the music of the Composer-in-Residence, with performances by Drury and the Callithumpian Consort, our esteemed Guest Artists, and members of the SICPP Faculty. All concerts are FREE, including SICPP’s crowning event, the infamous Iditarod — a marathon concert given by SICPP fellows featuring works by the Composer-in-Residence, New Works Program composers, and many more. See past Iditarod program lists here. Other concerts during the week include the Electronics Workshop Concert on Friday, and weekday lunchtime concerts by the Performance/Ensemble participants.