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



All instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to apply to the SICPP Ensemble Program. During the course of the week, selected Performance Fellows will prepare and perform contemporary chamber music with guidance of Stephen Drury, SICPP faculty, and guests. Ensembles are made up of student Performance Fellows as well as embedded coaches, affectionately known as “Super Delegates” — this unique configuration gives Fellows the opportunity to make lead and make decisions collaboratively, while the Super Delegates can provide support and insight when needed. Throughout the week, SICPP Faculty drop in on rehearsals, host masterclasses, and can provide one-on-one lessons and mentoring.

Fellows who perform works by the Composer-in-Residence have the opportunity to work with the Composer in a masterclass coaching session. Other Performance Fellows will perform works by Composition Fellows — these groups participate in composition masterclasses, and will work one-on-one with the composer in the lead-up to the piece’s premiere on the Iditarod concert.

Performance Fellows receive their parts in May (they will be emailed as PDFs); musical selections are decided based on the pool of Performance Fellows and available Super Delegates, to insure that every Fellow has several pieces to perform, and that each group has at least one Super Delegate. See a list of chamber repertoire performed on past SICPP Iditarods.


Performance Workshops

Performance Fellows also have the opportunity to perform as soloists. Upon acceptance, Fellows are invited to submit solo repertoire selections for consideration for two categories of performance:

– Masterclasses with the SICPP Faculty and Guest Artists

– The Lunchtime Concert Series at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s beautiful Calderwood Hall. (On the Tuesday of SICPP, the Lunchtime Concert takes place at NEC, and features percussion Performance Fellows). These concerts are free with the cost of museum admission, and the percussion concert is 100% free!

Past Guest Artists:

  • 2017: Kim Kashkashian and William Winant
  • 2016: Marilyn Nonken
  • 2015: Mark Menzies
  • 2014: John Tilbury and Nino Jvania
  • 2013: Winston Choi
  • 2012: Steffen Schleiermacher, Joseph Kubera, and Louis Goldstein
  • 2011: Ursula Oppens
  • 2010: Steffen Schleiermacher and Mathias Reumert
  • 2009: Francesco Dillon, Emanuele Torquati, and Aki Takahashi
  • 2008: Aki Takahashi
  • 2007: Heather O’Donnell


Evening Concerts

Artistic Director Stephen Drury curates a set of six evening concerts during SICPP. These concerts feature the music of the Composer-in-Residence, solo performances by the Guest Artists and Faculty (including performances by Drury himself), as well as the Callithumpian Consort as soloists and in various ensemble configurations. All concerts are FREE and open to the public.

The crowning event of SICPP, and the culmination of a week of hard work, is the infamous Iditarod — a marathon concert given by SICPP fellows. The Iditarod features works by the Composer-in-Residence, world premieres by New Works Program fellow,s and many more. You can sample past Iditarod program lists here.

Other concerts during the week include the Electronics Workshop Concert (Friday afternoon), and weekday lunchtime concerts by the Performance/Ensemble participants (concerts at the Gardner Museum are free with the price of admission). For a full listing of SICPP concerts and their programs, check out the Concerts page.

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Composers are invited to submit scores for: mixed ensembles (of no more than 6 players), or soloists. Instrument choices can include piano, voice, and all wind instruments, or can be for open/flexible instrumentation. Pieces requiring electronics or amplification may be considered, but only very limited slots are available, and composers will be responsible for performing the electronics and providing all equipment (iPods, laptops, software, hardware, etc.). (More details will be provided upon acceptance to the New Works Program.) Scores can be of a range of difficulty levels.

Pieces will be rehearsed and performed by Performance Fellows and Callithumpian Consort musicians over the course of the week, and the works will be prepared in close collaboration with the performers. The works 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, on the last day of SICPP. Composers accepted to the program will participate in daily colloquia led by Composition faculty Nicholas Vines — composers will present their works and discuss their process with fellow composers.



Each year we are honored to have a Composer-in-Residence; their music is presented as part of the evening concert series. In addition, the Composer coaches student performance ensembles, and mentors New Works Fellows in one-on-one, small group, and masterclass settings.

Past Composers-in-Residence:

  • 2017: Georg Friedrich Haas
  • 2016: Vinko Globokar
  • 2015: Rand Steiger
  • 2014: Roger Reynolds
  • 2013: Rand Steiger
  • 2012: Christian Wolff
  • 2011: Tristan Murail
  • 2010: Chaya Czernowin
  • 2009: Jonathan Harvey
  • 2008: Jo Kondo
  • 2007: Walter Zimmermann
  • 2006: Michael Finnissy
  • 2005: Frederic Rzewski
  • 2004: Christian Wolff
  • 2003: Lee Hyla
  • 2002: Linda Dusman
  • 2001: Paul Elwood


Callithumpian Commissioned Composer

Each year after SICPP, one Student Composer Fellow is commissioned to write a new work for the Callithumpian Consort. Selected composers are invited back as a guest of the New Works Program in a subsequent year — Performance Fellows workshop the piece and give a soft premiere at the Iditarod, and then the Callithumpian Consort gives an official premiere the following concert season.

Previously Commissioned Composers:

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In 2009, SICPP celebrated the work of composer Jonathan Harvey, and realized several of his electroacoustic works: Advaya for cello, keyboard sampler, and electronics; Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco, an eight-channel acousmatic composition; and Bhakti for ensemble and quadrophonic electronics. The next year, the Electronics Workshop was officially born! Led by NEC’s Electronic Music Studio Director John Mallia and SICPP’s long-time percussion faculty Scott Deal, the Electronics Workshop deals with a wide range of electronic music styles and possibilities. The main focus is on the use of electronics in live performance settings, which can run the gamut from analog to digital, from purely electronic to electroacoustic, from fully composed to freely improvised, and every gradation between.

EW Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds, including composers, sound artists, and performers; interested musicians with little or no experience in electronics are welcome to apply. Fellows propose a project as the basis for the week — many Fellows choose to compose, create, or perform a particular piece, or to create a sound or multimedia installation. Project topics can include: live electronic processing, laptop and/or analog electronics in performance, multi-channel sound diffusion, sound installations, networked performance, or other related areas. (If applicable, an EW Fellow can be paired with a Performance Fellow to work on an electroacoustic composition.) Projects are showcased at the end of the week, either during the Electronics Workshop Concert, or as an installation that runs during the Iditarod concert.

Each Fellow brings a unique set of interests and expertise, and Fellows are encouraged to exchange knowledge — collaborative problem solving and skill sharing are a cornerstone of the Electronics Workshop! Other daily activities can include: one-on-one tutorials or critiques with faculty, rehearsals with a multi-channel diffusion system and/or other specialized performance setups, and a variety of workshops. Previous workshop topics have included: using sensors with Arduino; creating a Max/MSP toolbox; composing with Mathematica; spectral analysis; using unconventional objects as instruments; and modeling analog equipment with software.

Over the course of the week, Fellows, faculty, and guest artists also present their work in colloquia. Invited guest artists are typically composers, performers, or artists, and each brings a unique perspective on and relationship to music/sound and electronics. Previous guest artists have included:

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