Welcome to SICPP 2021:

The State of Now!

To ensure the safe participation of Fellows all over the world, our 2021 festival will be held as an online seminar from June 16 – June 25. Our state-of-the-art virtual platform, provided by Deck 10 Media, will host daily sessions that will include master classes, lessons, interactive lectures, coaching sessions, and performances.  Since SICPP is normally an in-person event, great care will be taken to insure the greatest amount of personal online interaction with each participant. All Fellows will need a computer with reliable internet connection, an external microphone (such as a USB mic, traditional microphone and interface, smartphone, or field recorder) with which to record, and a quiet space in which to work during the sessions. A pair of headphones is also highly recommended. Beyond these requirements, certain study areas, such as the Electronic Workshop, may have additional technological needs.  

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Performance Program
New Works Program (Composition)
Electronics Workshop (Composition & Performance)


All instrumentalists and vocalists aged 18 and over are invited to apply to the SICPP Performance Program. Selected Performance Fellows will prepare and perform contemporary chamber music with the guidance of Artistic Director Stephen Drury, SICPP faculty, Callithumpian Consort performers and guests. 

Throughout the course SICPP faculty give private lessons, host masterclasses, coach Fellows in ensemble preparation and provide mentoring. All Performance Fellows will receive a private lesson on their instrument— a one-on-one coaching with SICPP faculty on a solo piece, extended techniques, or other topics of your choosing. Our faculty will also offer lectures on new music performance practice, programming, electronics, and social issues faced by artists and our community.

All Fellows will be assigned repertoire for performance at SICPP. Fellows who perform works by the Composer-in-Residence have the opportunity to work with the Composer in a masterclass coaching session. Other selected Performance Fellows will perform works by Composition Fellows — these performers participate in composition masterclasses, and will work one-on-one with the composer to record the piece for our online “Iditarod” concert: the culmination of all our Fellows’ work throughout the week! Fellows will also have the option to collaborate with our Electronic Workshop. Performance Fellows receive their repertoire assignments in May (emailed as PDFs). 

The emphasis for SICPP 2021 will be on solo works, duos, and ensemble pieces suitable for online assembly. Staff will be available to assist individuals in the realization of the technology components of their pieces.

See a list of chamber repertoire performed on past SICPP Iditarods.

Performance Workshops

Upon acceptance, Fellows are invited to submit solo, unaccompanied repertoire selections for consideration for two categories of performance:

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Composers aged 18 and over are invited to apply to our New Works Program. To apply, composers will submit scores for ensembles of any configuration, or soloists at any range of difficulty. Upon acceptance, composers will be asked to create a new work for a solo instrument. Each Composition Fellow will be connected with a performer from the Callithumpian Consort or a SICPP faculty member to investigate practical questions of notation and performance technique during the compositional process leading up to SICPP. The resulting work will be rehearsed and performed by Performance Fellows and Callithumpian Consort musicians over the course of the week, with the composer and performer in close collaboration. The work will be performed for the Composer-in-Residence in a masterclass, and will also be performed and recorded as part of the marathon Iditarod concert to be presented online at the conclusion of SICPP. Composers accepted to the program will have one private lesson each with Composition faculty Nicholas Vines and with both Composers-in-Residence, and participate in online colloquia led by Vines, during which composers will present their works and discuss their process with fellow composers.


Each year we are honored to have a Composer-in-Residence whose music is featured in performances throughout the festival. In 2021 we are delighted to have two Composers-in-Residence, Professor Chaya Czernowin and Dr. Ann Cleare. They will be available to coach Performance Fellows in their own works, and mentor New Works Fellows in private lessons, small groups, and masterclasses. 

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Electronic Workshop Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds, including composers, sound artists, and performers. Any musician over the age of 18 with an interest in electronics in music is welcome to apply by proposing a project to be realized at the festival. The Electronic workshop is led by John Mallia (Director of the Robert Ceely Electronic Music Studio at NEC) and Scott Deal (Director of the Tavel Center at IUPUI), and deals with a wide range of electronic music styles and possibilities.

Fellows in the Electronic Workshop will work on their individual and collaborative projects over the course of the week with critique and guidance from Electronic Workshop faculty. Daily sessions will include masterclasses, lessons, interactive lectures, guest presentations, open sharing and discussion sessions, and coachings. The week will culminate with an event dedicated to the presentation of work by Electronic Workshop members. Project proposals may include fixed media compositions; live electronics with or without an instrument or voice, and multimedia works. Collaboration is encouraged. Given the remote nature of SICPP 2021, proposals for interactive online environments/installations, telematic performances, and other modes of expression well-suited to web-based presentation are also welcome.

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