Sō Percussion’s studio is located at:
20 Grand Avenue, Unit 205, in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
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Sō Percussion Studio Residency Program
The Sō Percussion Studio Residency Program commits to fostering New York City based music ensembles and organizations at Sō’s Clinton Hill Studio. Residency partners receive rehearsal time in the Sō percussion studio, formal mentoring sessions with Sō Percussion and staff, and a performance on Sō Percussion’s Brooklyn Bound concert series. The Studio Residency was founded in 2016-17, with the help of the New Music USA Impact Fund. The 2022-2023 residency will run July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.
***Our current Residency partners are Bergamot Quartet and Pan Evolution Steel Orchestra. We will begin accepting applications for 23-24 in May 2023.***
The Sõ Percussion Studio Residency Program provides residency partners with exclusive time and use of the Sō Percussion Studio to work independently or with support to create and rehearse new work, free from commercial restraints throughout the year. Use of the studio is broken down into the following:
- 50 hours of rehearsal time
- Use of Sō Percussion Studio backline provided.
- Performance venue for one Brooklyn Bound concert, with the potential for additional curation within the Brooklyn Bound series.
Residency partners will also be invited to submit a proposal for a $1,000 project grant provided by Sō Percussion Inc. This project grant will be granted on the basis of the proposed goals and usage of funds by the residency partners. Sō Percussion will advise and work alongside residency partners in the use of this budget and its assistance in accomplishing future goals.
Our 2022 Sō Percussion Studio Residency Partners
Our 2022 Residency partners are Bergamot Quartet and Pan Evolution Steel Orchestra. Read more about these amazing groups below!
Bergamot Quartet is fueled by a passion for exploring and advocating for the music of living composers, continually expanding the limits of the string quartet’s rich tradition in western classical music. With a priority given to music by women, they aim to place this new, genre-bending music in meaningful dialogue with the histories that precede it with creative programming, community-oriented audience building, and frequent commissioning.
Highlights of their past season included the release of their debut album, In The Brink, on New Focus Recordings and performances at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City Center, The Greene Space, and The Owl Music Parlor, Bar LunÁtico, and Pete’s Candy Store. Recent commissions include works by Elijah Smith, Annika Socolofsky, Darian Donovan Thomas (co-commissioned with Sō Percussion), Christian Quiñones, and Charles Peck. In addition, Bergamot is particularly excited about helping young people discover their potential as music creators. Recent educational engagements include being the virtual ensemble-in-residence for the Junior Bach program at the Peabody Institute and for MATA Jr., and workshopping and performing undergraduate and graduate student pieces at Princeton University, Peabody Conservatory, Towson University, and University of Maryland Baltimore County. Their upcoming performances include appearances at Klangspuren (Innsbruck, Austria), St. David’s Episcopal Church (Baltimore), Princeton University, and Towson University.
Bergamot Quartet is Ledah Finck and Sarah Thomas, violins; Amy Tan, viola; and Irène Han, cello. Founded at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore in 2016, Bergamot Quartet is based in New York City and was the Cuker and Stern Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the Mannes School of Music studying with the JACK Quartet for the 2020-2022 academic years.
Learn More and Connect:
Facebook and Instagram – @bergamotquartet
Pan Evolution Steel Orchestra is a local steel pan band founded in late 2015. In only its first year, the band has played at the Port Washington Golf Course, for NY Pix 11 news station, Citi Field, and for the first time in steel pan history–the 2016 New York City Halloween Parade. The band continues to use its platform to promote unity throughout the culture and steel pan community all while displaying the band motto of “Together As One.”
Past Sō Percussion Studio Residency Partners
Interested in renting our studio for a rehearsal?
Without use of Sō Percussion’s gear (see here for gear) – $60/hour
With use of Sō Percussion’s gear – $90/hour
Contact Shelby Blezinger-McCay for booking.