Sō Percussion Summer Institute

Sō Percussion Summer Institute 2022 – Details about the program and application to come very soon…! July 10-24, 2022

We are thrilled to announce the return of SōSI 2022, our 14th annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute and our new program, Virtual SōSI!

Both will be held July 10-24, 2022! We hope you will join us within one of these amazing programs!

Read more about them below!

SōSI 2022

Applications will be opened soon.

Applications must be completed by February 1, 2022.

Check out our – SōSI FAQ


Who Is A Composer?

Who is a composer? When we ask this question to school children, they usually tell us about Mozart and Beethoven — the term and the role are tightly linked to a specific tradition. But many questions come up when we interrogate that title: who gets to be called a composer? How may their ideas be transmitted? Must they be the sole author of a work? What about artists who create situations for other people to improvise and create in — or a producer in the recording studio? What proportion of a creative role do performers and ensembles play? Finally, what in our culture encourages us to label some as composers, while others are called songwriters, arrangers, or improvisers?

 For SōSI 2022, we want to invite performers and composers to come out to Princeton and to join us online, questioning all these things together and making music in a supportive and inspiring environment. This unique two-week program allows participants to experience Sō Percussion’s processes for creating and premiering new work firsthand. SōSI features mentorship from the members of Sō Percussion, our composition faculty, a diverse array of guest artists, our artist-in-residence, Princeton faculty, and other special guests. After two years of online programs, we are back in person with both live and virtual festivals simultaneously. 

Joined once again by composition director Andrea Mazzariello, we will present the student composer program in a new format that deepens collaboration and co-creation between student composers and their colleagues in the performance program. Composers will create two new percussion ensemble works: one for portable instruments, composed prior to the institute and performed in the first week, and another that we will develop, rehearse, and revise throughout the festival. Both pieces will be performed by students in the percussion program, with regular coaching by the members of Sō Percussion. As in past years, percussion students at SōSI will be placed in groups to perform in numerous concerts and masterclasses throughout the two weeks. Composition students will study with Andrea Mazzariello as well as with members of Sō Percussion & guest faculty. Both undergraduate and graduate composers are welcome to apply. Composition parameters and guidelines are available through the application portal. 

Applicants should apply in only one category; however, those with an interest in both performing and composing are invited to inquire about opportunities to explore both during the Summer Institute. Email Programs Director, Shelby Blezinger-McCay at shelby@sopercussion.com 


Guests and Faculty

The past years of the Summer Institute have included masterclasses, talks, and performances with a great number of amazing artists. Past guests and Faculty include; Caroline Shaw, Bora Yoon, Shara Nova, Paul Lansky, Steve Mackey, Kaoru Watanabe, Dan Trueman, Gerion and Kendall Williams, Steve Reich, Steve Schick, Angélica Negrón, Dan Deacon, JiHye Jung, Martin Schmidt (of Matmos), Juri Seo, Lukas Ligeti, Maria Finkelmeir, Shodekeh Talifero, Grey McMurray, Cenk Ergun, NEXUS, Joan Tower, Tristan Perich, Suzanne Farrin, Mark Dancigers, Dennis Desantis, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and more!


Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition and Room and Board for SōSI 2022: $2600

Price as listed covers tuition, housing, and lunch/dinner from check-in July 10th to check-out July 24th (non-refundable, due in full by June 1st). Students should bring money or supplies for breakfast. All rooms include air conditioning and communal kitchens. Off-campus housing is possible in some cases; however, all students are required to participate in the provided meal plan. Contact Programs Director, Shelby Blezinger-McCay at shelby@sopercussion.com for more information. 

  • Students wishing to live off-campus must find their own housing. 
  • Tuition for Students living Off-Campus – $1,850

Scholarships:

Scholarships for the Sō Percussion Summer Institute are available through application via the application portal. Scholarships range from $250 – $1,500. Sō Percussion offers 3 types of scholarships. You may apply for any and all scholarship opportunities that you are eligible for. 

  • General Scholarship 
  • BIPOC Scholarship
  • Composition Assistant Scholarship

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 and composers 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

Virtual SōSI 2022

 

Applications will be opened soon.

Applications must be completed by February 1, 2022.

Check out our – Virtual SōSI FAQ


About

SōSI Virtual will bring together up to 20 musicians from anywhere in the world for two-weeks, July 11-24, 2022. Students will participate with members of Sō Percussion to create and explore new forms of virtual collaboration; form ensembles to compose, produce, and perform genre-defying work; attend virtual masterclasses, guest artist faulty talks, and live streamed concerts; collaborate in online workshops; and produce a streaming final concert for the public. Musicians from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

Check our examples of works created from our Virtual SōSI 2020 and 2021!


Guests and Faculty

Virtual SōSI will join SōSI in experiencing streamed masterclasses, talks, and performances with a great number of amazing artists! Past guests and Faculty include; Caroline Shaw, Bora Yoon, Shara Nova, Paul Lansky, Steve Mackey, Kaoru Watanabe, Dan Trueman, Gerion and Kendall Williams, Steve Reich, Steve Schick, Angélica Negrón, Dan Deacon, JiHye Jung, Martin Schmidt (of Matmos), Juri Seo, Lukas Ligeti, Maria Finkelmeir, Shodekeh Talifero, Grey McMurray, Cenk Ergun, NEXUS, Joan Tower, Tristan Perich, Suzanne Farrin, Mark Dancigers, Dennis Desantis, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and more!


Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition for Virtual SōSI 2022: $1000

Sō Percussion will provide you with the following:

  • Online Account to the collaborative digital audio workstation – Sound Trap 
  • Online Account to Teachable 
  • Direct Assistance to free/downloadable Video Editing software – Davinci Resolve
  • Streaming all collaborations through Sō Percussion Social Channels – Youtube and Facebook 
  • Synchronous and Asynchronous access to all guest artist talks, masterclasses, or concerts
  • SōSI 2022 Merchandise

Price as listed is non-refundable, due in full by June 1st. Contact Programs Director, Shelby Blezinger-McCay at shelby@sopercussion.com for more information.

Scholarships:

Scholarships for the Sō Percussion Summer Institute are available through application via the application portal. Scholarships range from $250 – $1,500. Sō Percussion offers 3 types of scholarships. You may apply for any and all scholarship opportunities that you are eligible for. 

  • General Scholarship 
  • BIPOC Scholarship
  • Composition Assistant Scholarship

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 and composers 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

Apply

Applications for SōSI 2022 and Virtual SōSI 2022 will open soon.

Email shelby@sopercussion.com with questions and inquiries.

Events

We look forward to sharing our 2022 schedule soon! In the meantime…check out our 2020 and 2021 events! 

SōSI 2020 and SōSI 2021

Our concerts are available to watch on our Youtube Channel and on our Facebook page.

Special thanks to:

Special thanks to our SōSI supporters, who continue to make this program possible:

The Brookby Foundation
ASCAP Foundation
Cindee and Larry Snider
Sara Coffey and Dave Snyder
ORIGIN UK, care of Peter Rawlings
Jackie and John Treuting
Princeton University Department of Music
Sarah Kirkland Snider
Astrid Baumgardner

Would you like to join our SōSI Producer’s Circle?

Sō Percussion is incredibly grateful to all of our supporters. Our Producers provide direct support to more than 40 students, who will study at the Sō Percussion Summer Institute with Sō Percussion and affiliated artists. With support from individuals like you, this program will cultivate productive and meaningful experiences for artists and audiences alike. Please contact Program Director, Shelby Blezinger-McCay at  shelby@sopercussion.com for more information.

Scholarships

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

Scholarships for the Sō Percussion Summer Institute are available through application via the application portal. Scholarships range from $250 – $1,000.

We are thrilled to provide multiple scholarship opportunities available through application under the following:

  • Students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color (BIPOC) fund. 
  • Composition Assistant Scholarship fund
  • General Scholarship fund

You may apply for all scholarship opportunities in which you are eligible. Eligibility guidelines will be available on the application portal.

Support

Donations to the Sō Percussion Summer Institute go directly to benefit the students tuition of the program.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our festival.

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Special thanks to:

Each summer, The ASCAP Foundation provides fellowships for student composers to attend SōSI; we are very grateful for their support!

Princeton Music Department
David Oswald
Peter Rawlings
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
Zildjian Cymbals
Pearl Drums/Adams Musical Instruments
Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets
Remo Drumheads
Estey Organ Company

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

The Brookby Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund, The American Music Project, The Amphion Foundation, The Ditson Fund, The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Thendara Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The Composers Guild of New Jersey, The ASCAP Foundation, New Music USA’s NYC New Music Impact Fund, made possible with funding from The Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund, Sara Coffey and Dave Snyder, David Oswald, Russell Makowsky, John and Astrid Baumgardner, Stephen Myers, Hank McNeil, Larry and Cyndee Snider, Charles and Susan Snyder, John and Jackie Treuting, Mark Applebaum, William Armstrong, Yuki Asada, Dan Baldini, Elizabeth Beach, Nathaniel Beck, John H. Beck, Michael and Becky Bennett, Walter (Hudie) Broughton, Zac Brunell, Robyn and Paul Buxton, Kristin Cahill, William Cahn, Tyler Carpenter, Eileen Carr, Christina Carroll, Elliot Cole, Terry and Guadalupe De Vries, Matthew and Lara Dudack, Candace Dwan, Rachel Elson, Dorothea Endicott, Cenk Ergun, Widder Foundation, Stuart Gerber, Lisa Goldberg, David and Jennifer Gordon, Ain Gordon, Carolyn Graham, Marcy Gunnell, Inez and David Gutman, Jonathan Haas, Carol and Richard Haas, James Hanbury, James Heller, Lisa Iceman, Jonathan Kaledin, Ayano Kataoka, Will Keith, Christina Kershner, David Lang, Paul and Hannah Lansky, John A. Leppman, Martin Bresnick and Lisa Moore, Diana Loomer, Alex MacKay, Benjamin Maldonado, Richard and Jayne Marchioni, Edward G. Freitag Martha B. Haley Family Foundation, James McKenzie, Jacqueline Meyers, Josh Milstein, Jane Noyes, Tristan Perich, Roger Phillips, David M. Phipps, Sughra Raza, Michael and Marlene Rosen, Nicole Serratore, Andrew Siegel, Eve Sliwinski, Sarah Snider, Susan Sontag, Jane Stewart, Jonathan Szanto, Margaret Travers, David Weller, Mary J. Wensel, Roger Zahab.

Participation Options

SōSI 2022 will offer multiple participation options for anyone needing a flexible schedule and budget!

1. SōSI 2022! Applications to open soon.

2. Virtual SōSI! Application to open soon

2. Asynchronous Companion Book – a passive track for students wanting to engage in SōSI style masterclass and discussions. Over 40 hours of content available! Registration to be made available soon. – Cost – $250!

3. Audit individual masterclasses with guest faculty!
Cost – $20 per session! Join as many sessions as you like through our live-stream.

Alumni

After 112 amazing years of SōSI, we have quite a roster of alumni, many of whom have gone on to form their own groups and pursue unique musical interests.  Some of them sent along websites where you can learn more about everything they are doing.


TIGUE: alumni of SōSI 2009

Internship

Each year, an amazing team of interns helps us keep this extremely complicated festival going!  Interns join the Sō Percussion team and help us organize gear and other logistics, produce concerts, and keep the ship running day to day. Check out the details below!


SŌ  PERCUSSION SUMMER INSTITUTE INTERNSHIP

SEASONAL – CONTRACTED – $1,000 (In-Person)
 Sō Percussion is excited to offer an internship for college-level percussionists, musicians, composers, or anyone else interested in learning how a chamber music festival operates in today’s musical climate. The Sō Percussion Summer Institute (SōSI) is an intensive two-week chamber music seminar for college-age percussionists and composers. The four members of Sō Percussion serve as faculty alongside guest faculty in leading and educating by rehearsal, performance, and discussion of contemporary music. SōSI will be held in person at Princeton University from July 10-24, 2022.*

As a SōSI Intern you are expected to support the SōSI team with guidance from the SōSI Programs Director and Sō Percussion. We’re looking for interns that are enthusiastic, proactive, and can handle a lot as well as stay calm and collected under pressure. 

INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES AND WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: 

  • How to effectively assist with management and production of an in person and remote summer festival;
  • Maintaining and management of all gear and logistics during the festival;
  • Logistics of concert production and stage management;
  • Interfacing with guest artist, production teams, and donors;
  • Assisting with social media and marketing team

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Excellent public-facing skills, comfortable interfacing with large groups;
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task, solve problems, and collaborate with staff at all levels;
  • Basic computer skills required: internet literacy, Microsoft Office, and Google Suite;
  • Comfort and ability to lift and/or move 50lbs if needed.
  • You must attend the entirety of the Sō Percussion Summer Institute as part of your work with the SōSI Team starting July 9 (one day prior to the festival) – 24, 2022

PREFFERED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Some experience successfully managing and administering educational performance programs;
  • Some experience in any social media or outward communications ;
  • Some experience with remote audio/video recording/editing for any technical assistance needs. 

COMPENSATION, HOURS & LOCATION
Position pays a contracted fee of $1,000 commensurate of hours required from July 9 – July 24, 2022. Sō Percussion will also provide housing and meal plans for Lunch/Dinner. 

INCLUSION
We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

HOW TO APPLY
To apply for this position please fill out this form by January 1, 2022. Apply HERE

APPLICATION NOTIFICATION
You will be contacted by January 15, 2022 regarding your application submission.

CONTACT 
Email shelby@sopercussion.com regarding any questions you may have. 

*COVID CONSIDERATIONS
The Sō Percussion Summer Institute must follow and abide by the Princeton University Gatherings Policy and Visitors Policy. Princeton University guidelines adapt in accordance with the guidelines from the state of New Jersey. Guideline changes will be communicated with all staff and participants by Sō Percussion. 

Should Princeton University not allow summer programs, the Sō Percussion Summer Institute will go online. Staff requirements and contracts subject to change. 

All staff members of the Sō Percussion Summer Institute must be vaccinated again COVID-19. 

 


(Left to right: Lindsay Vasko, Evan Miller, Andrea Tafelski)