Welcome to SICPP 2023, in Colorado Springs, CO!

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


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, and guest performers, as well as the opportunity to collaborate on creative projects with our New Works Program and Electronic Workshop Fellows. 

Throughout the course, Fellows will work closely alongside SICPP faculty and coaches in the realization of their pieces. In addition to the preparation of collaborative performances, instrumentalists and vocalists will receive one masterclass performance, and one private faculty coaching on a topic of their choice. Pianists will receive two private lessons and two masterclass performances. 

All performance students will be able to participate in the contemporary improvisation ensemble which will explore a range of improvisation settings including deep listening, outdoor settings, site specific, cross-cultural,  and electro acoustic. 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 will 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 2023 will be on cross-collaborative work with composers and electronic music. 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, including traditional, electro acoustic or multimedia work as well as works for soloists at any range of difficulty. Upon acceptance, composers will be asked to create a new work for a small configuration.  The resulting work will be rehearsed and performed by Performance Fellows over the course of the week, with the composer and performers in close collaboration. The work will be performed for the Composer-in-Residence in a masterclass, and will also be performed and recorded at the conclusion of SICPP. Composers accepted to the program will have one private lesson each with the Composer in Residence in addition to their masterclass performance. Fellows will attend and present talks in daily Colloquia, which will cover various topics as moderated by the Composer-in-Residence and composition faculty. 


Each year we are honored to have a Composer-in-Residence whose music is featured in performances throughout the festival. We are delighted to have Professor Marti Epstein as our 2023 Composer-in-Residence. Prof. Epstein will be available to coach Performance Fellows on her 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 assisted by Andres Carrizo (Lecturer, UCCS and Visiting Assistant Professor, Colorado College) 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 with performers or composers 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. Works will be presented and performed throughout the week. Project proposals may include fixed media compositions; live electronics with or without an instrument or voice, and multimedia works. Collaboration with performers and other Electronic Workshop Fellows is encouraged.  

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