So Percussion Summer Institute (SoSI)

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July 19th - August 2nd, 2015

Princeton University

Percussion, Staging, and Movement

The So Percussion Summer Institute (SoSI) is an intensive two-week chamber music seminar for college-age percussionists and composers. The four members of So Percussion serve as faculty in rehearsal, performance, and discussion of contemporary music.

Highlights of SoSI 2015

  • Focus on the interface of percussion music and movement (dance, theater, and inherent physical motion)
  • See the inner workings of So Percussion's new collabortive project with choreographer Emily Johnson and director Ain Gordon.
  • Work with award-winning directors Rinde Eckert and Mark DeChiazza.
  • See and possibly be involved in the exploration and development of a new project with Dan Trueman, Susan Marshall, Rebecca Lazier, and Naomi Leonard.
  • Premieres of new pieces from Princeton composers.
  • Masterclasses, lessons, and coachings with renowned composers and performers.
  • Performances around Princeton.
  • Readings by So Percussion of student composers’ pieces.

Composition at SoSI:

We will continue the student composer program for a third year, joined once again by faculty member Andrea Mazzariello.  The composition program will include a curriculum of writing for percussion, readings of composers' pieces, and interactions with the faculty and graduate students of the Princeton Department of Music as well as the many guests who join us at SoSI.  Check back for more information about the program.

Guests from Past Years

The past years of the Summer Institute have included masterclasses, talks, and performances with a great number of amazing artsists including Paul Lansky, Steve Mackey, Dan Trueman, Steve Reich, Steve Schick, Dan Deacon, Martin Schmidt (of Matmos), Joe Gramley, Barbara White, Lukas Ligeti, Grey McMurray, Cenk Ergun, NEXUS, Tristan Perich, Suzi Farrin, Mark Dancigers, Dennis Desantis, Doug Perkins and Stuart Saunders Smith.

The Institute's Mission

The emergence of the percussion group as a standard ensemble has been one of the most exciting developments in contemporary western music. So Percussion was formed to expand this important voice in the 21st century, taking a cue from groups in North America and Europe, as well as the pioneering composers who inspired them.

Since its inception in 1999, education has become an increasingly important part of So’s mission. Its members share a firm belief that inherent in an artist's career is a responsibility to pass on practical advice and mentorship to young artists. The So Percussion Summer Institute seeks to fulfill this promise by providing a unique educational opportunity to percussionists at one of the most critical stages of their development. The program offers a hands-on experience that brings the practical and theoretical together:

  • Commissioning/Creating new music
  • Fruitful collaboration with and among artists
  • The rehearsal and development process
  • Performance