Sō Percussion Summer Institute

July 10 – 24, 2016
Princeton University
“15 Years of Commissions”










Sō Percussion will be featured at the 2016 Lincoln Center Festival  in four concerts.

The first will be an 80th Birthday Sō Percussion celebration of Steve Reich’s Drumming. SōSI participants will attend this show and learn all about the genius of this seminal work 45 years after its premiere!

The next three concerts are a trilogy coinciding with SōSI’s theme of “15 Years of Commissions.” SōSI participants will be learning about and performing these works right before we present them in New York.

About SōSI

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

Highlights of SōSI 2016

  • This year’s focus is on our biggest commissions from the last 15 years – David Lang: the so-called laws of nature, Paul Lansky: Threads, Steve Mackey: It Is Time, Dan Trueman: neither Anvil nor Pulley, Bryce Dessner: Music for Wood and Strings, etc
  • Premieres of new pieces from Princeton composers.
  • Masterclasses, lessons, and coachings with renowned composers and performers.
  • Performances around Princeton.
  • Readings by Sō Percussion of student composers’ pieces.
  • More exciting details to be confirmed soon!

Composition at SōSI

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 SōSI. 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. Sō 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 Sō’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 Sō 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


Applications are currently closed for 2016. Check back in the fall for SoSI 2017!

2016 Application Instructions

Deadline for Online Submission is Feb 1, 2016 for all materials.

The following materials will be required for all applicants:

  • Completed 2016 Application Form (online)
  • Non-refundable $45 application fee (paid by credit card)
  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from a current or former teacher (uploaded as a PDF)
  • Current Resume (optional – uploaded as a PDF)

* Students must be at least 18 years old in order to be eligible to attend the Summer Institute.

Requirements for Percussionists

  • List of chamber works performed and works you would like to perform
  • Audition recordings (uploaded or linked through the application)
  • Recording Requirements for Percussionists: 10-20 minutes of solo audio or video recordings that best demonstrate your abilities and interests as a player.

Requirements for Composers

  • Audio recordings and/or PDFs of scores (if applicable) for three recent works
  • A list of works written and/or a statement about your compositional process

* Graduate and Undergraduate composers will be considered for the program this year. Students must be at least 18.


Sō Percussion


The four members of Sō Percussion are the primary faculty of the So Percussion Summer Institute.

Read more:

About So About the Members

Andrea Mazzariello


For this year’s Composition Program at SoSI, we will be joined by Princeton-based composer Andrea Mazzariello, who will help in the planning and running of the composition curriculum. Andrea has had works performed at the Summer Institute every year since the beginning: all four parts of his ‘Bot’ series have been played at SoSI. Watch a video of Babybot (the third part of the set).

Princeton Music Department

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Every year at SoSI we are joined by the amazing faculty and graduate students of the Princeton University Music Department, all of whom have written many works for percussion.  In past years we have been joined for masterclasses and coachings by Princeton composers Steve Mackey, Dan Trueman, Barbara White, and Paul Lansky.


SoSI 2016 Concerts

Check back in the spring for more information!

Sunday July 10, 7pm
So Percussion Opening Concert
Matthews Theater, Lewis Center for the Arts – 185 Nassau St.

Tuesday July 12, 8pm
Duomo Concert
Matthews Theater, Lewis Center for the Arts – 185 Nassau St.

Thursday July 14, 7:30pm
SoSI at Small World Coffee (Witherspoon)
New works by So Percussion Summer Institute Composers

Sunday July 17, 8pm
Princeton Composers Concert
Matthews Theater, Lewis Center for the Arts – 185 Nassau St.

Monday July 18, 7pm
SoSI at the Princeton Public Library

Tuesday July 19, 7:30pm
SoSI Outdoors at the Albert Hinds Plaza

Thursday July 21, 1pm
SoSI at the Princeton Record Exchange

Friday July 22, 8pm
So Percussion – Open Composer Readings
Matthews Theater, Lewis Center for the Arts – 185 Nassau St.

Saturday July 23, 7pm
Summer Institute Closing Concert
Matthews Theater, Lewis Center for the Arts – 185 Nassau St.

Princeton Venues:

Matthews Acting Studio at the Lewis Center for the Arts
185 Nassau Street
Entrance behind Thomas Sweet’s

McAlpin Rehearsal Room
Woolworth Music Building
Large room downstairs which you can see upon entering the buildling

Princeton Record Exchange
20 S Tulane Street

Albert Hinds Plaza
Outside the Princeton Public Library
Witherspoon and Spring Streets

Small World Coffee
14 Witherspoon Street


Each year, thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, Sō Percussion awards partial scholarships through competitive application to attend the Sō Percussion Summer Institute.

For the 2016 Summer Institute, a number of partial scholarships (ranging from $250-$1000) will be available.  The scholarship application will be emailed to students accepted into the program.

If you are interested in taking part in this program, please contact Yumi Tamashiro for more information.



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Special thanks to:

Princeton Music Department
David Oswald
Steve Mackey
Dan Trueman
Paul Lansky
Barbara White
Cameron Britt
Andrea Mazzariello
Martha Easton and Patrick Sullivan
Anonymous Family Foundation
Wolfy and Kayrock Screenprinting
Sarah Kirkland Snider
Emily Johnson
Ain Gordon
Talvin Wilks
Rinde Eckert
Susan Marshall
Mark DeChiazza
Jeff Snyder
Rebecca Lazier
Astrid Baumgardner
Neil Larivee
Princeton Composers
Yumi Tamashiro
Zildjian Cymbals
Pearl Drums/Adams Musical Instruments
Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets
Remo Drumheads
Estey Organ Company

So Percussion wishes to thank the following individuals for their generous support:

Odd Kyrre Alsvik, Carmela Altamura, Mark Applebaum, Dan Baldini, Astrid Baumgardner, Elizabeth and Bradley Beach. John Beck, Nathaniel Beck, Michael and Becky Bennett, Joseph Brent, Brookby Foundation, Hudie Broughton, Paul and Robyn Buxton, Bill Cahn, Elliot Cole, Aaron Copp, Gerald Paul Cox, Terry and Guadalupe De Vries, Candace Dwan, Ensemble, et al., Cenk Ergun, Elliot Feld, John Flack, Ed Freitag and Molly Haley, K. E. and Rose Gasser, Stu Gerber, Lisa Goldberg, M Grebbien, Inez Gutman, Jonathan Haas, Richard and Carol Haas, Sarah Hale, Lisa Iceman, William Keith, Paul and Hannah Lansky, Eve Lee, John Leppman, Christine Lin, Alexandra MacKay, Nion T. McEvoy, Christopher McGovern, Mobius Percussion, Jane Noyes, David Oswald, Thomas and Kathleen Paul, Tristan Perich, Roger Phillips, Sughra Raza, Rob Robbins, Michael Rosen, Grace Row, Tom and Eve Sliwinski, Larry Snider, Charles and Susan Snyder, Dave Snyder and Sara Coffey, Susan Sontag, Melissa Schiff Soros, Richard and Jane Stewart, Gennifer Sussman, Cia Toscanini, Jackie Treuting, Jenise Treuting, John and Jackie Treuting, Michael Tutino, Frank Tyl, Daniel Vesey, Lyllis and Tom Vogle, Gerald Wetlaufer, Joan Wenzel, Kimberly and Tara Wildszewski, Mary Wylde, Vivian and Michael Yahiro, Roger Zahab, Mike Zdeb, Nancy Zeltzman