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|Welcome to SICPP: six days and nights of explosive new music!|
|SICPP was started by Artistic Director Stephen Drury as an intensive performance seminar on music of the 20th century, and for many years enrollment was open only to advanced pianists; since 2005 the program has also been open to percussionists, finally expanding by 2009 to include vocalists and all other instrumentalists. SICPP is now a full-blown annual chamber music festival focused on works of the 20th and 21st centuries, with an electronic music workshop, and featuring the SICPP New Works Program - a composition workshop where advanced composers have the opportunity to study with the Composer-in-Residence (this year, Roger Reynolds), engage in colloquia with fellow composers, and work directly with musicians in the rehearsal and performance of their work.
The experience is intense and demanding - eight days of master classes, lessons, colloquia, rehearsals, topped off by incredible nightly concerts given by SICPP faculty, guest artists and Ensemble-in-Residence the Callithumpian Consort.
Selected soloists participate throughout the week in masterclasses led by SICPP faculty and guest artists. Most accepted performers participate in chamber groups which perform on the final marathon concert we call the Iditarod. We are excited to announce that this year select SICPP fellows will have the opportunity to perform solo works in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's new concert hall on afternoon concerts each weekday.
"This program was amazing beyond all words. It was THE perfect week for me...getting to perform, learn, rehearse and be exposed to all this music and all of those people was fabulous."
"It was so great to be around so much great music and be surrounded by people who are as hard core about new music as I am. Sick puppy is basically new music heaven."
At SICPP, you're not alone in wanting more from music than a key signature and a steady beat!
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