The Sō Percussion Collaborative Workshop

Sō Percussion Collaborative Workshop
January 8-16, 2021
Everywhere, Online


The So Percussion Collaborative Workshop 

  • January 8-16, 2021
  • Takes place online
  • Applications open October 15th
  • Free application, “pay what you can” tuition with suggested fee
  • Check out answers to FAQ’s here

The So Percussion Collaborative Workshop is a nine-day online festival for musicians from a wide range of musical practices. Based on our successful So Percussion Summer Institute (SoSI) which was held online in July of 2020, the Collaborative Workshop will feature music curated by So Percussion based on the practices of the admitted participants.

The Collaborative Workshop is for musicians at a student or professional level who want to work across disciplines and explore the creative side of music production. Where our summer institute emphasizes the tools and techniques of live performance, the Collaborative Workshop focuses on using technology to produce recordings and videos. Unlike our past festivals, the Collaborative Workshop is open to musicians beyond the realms of percussion and composition. We do not have a separate composition track. The So Percussion online course, originally built for SoSI 2020, will be updated, expanded, and included as part of participation in the workshop.


“[online] SōSI is such an amazingly inspiring experience. I have performed in chamber groups before, but there is something about having two weeks to create awesome recordings and performances that really helps you bond with your fellow performers. Everyone was so nice and supportive. I feel like I have made lifelong connections as well as learned so much about percussion, chamber works, and life in general. I really and truly couldn’t recommend SōSI enough. ” – Kendall R.

Participation in the festival consists of Zoom rehearsals; independent time spent contributing tracks, editing, and mixing; and daily talks from a wide range of guests. At the end, a marathon live-stream of all the projects will be hosted on So Percussion’s channels. We have found that pieces with flexible instrumentation work best in remote collaboration, so that whatever participants have lying around at home can fit into the projects.

In the summer of 2020, Sō Percussion conducted our 12th annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute fully online. With 42 participants from around the world, we collaborated on and produced enough new work for a 5-hour marathon live-streamed performance at the end of the festival. In addition, we offered a huge series of online courses and instructional videos which cover many topics we’ve taught over the last 20 years: the basics of chamber music; our creative process in building immersive shows; the way we commission big new pieces from composers.

Since we opened the festival beyond percussionists and composers, this year’s work also included other instruments including the Haegum from Korea, the Shakuhachi flute from Japan, the steel pan from Trinidad, modular synthesizer, electric guitar, saxophone, keyboard/piano, and voice.  We enjoyed the experience so much that we decided to split our online festival off into a new program!

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, and in an effort to remove barriers of access to our programs, tuition for the workshop will be structured as “pay what you can,” and the online application is free.

Please email with questions and inquiries.

Check out the truly epic Day of Awesomeness from SoSI Online 2020 below!




The application for the Collaborative Workshop is now closed. Please contact if you would like to join us!

Take a look out our previous application below.

What would you like to learn and gain experience in during the So Percussion Collaborative Workshop?
Please tell us about your education background, or background in music outside of school. If you are a current student, please tell us where and any details you would like us to know about your learning in that program.
Examples: Percussionist, Pianist, Vocalist, Etc.
We do not require any experience in production or post-production, but we are hoping to learn from and facilitate growth for everyone. What is your experience in producing, recording, and post-production (audio/video mixing?) What platforms/softwares have you used? (Example: Logic, GarageBand, etc.)
Allowed file types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Video preferred. Link to online media preferred. You can also upload a file or provide audio if needed.
Sō Percussion actively seeks students, faculty, and staff who share in our commitment to excellence, and who will bring a diverse range of viewpoints and cultures to the Collaborative Workshop. Sō Percussion and our community affirm all people regardless of their age, culture, disabilities, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. We strive to create a place and community where individuals and groups learn with and from each other. We aim to foster a sense of shared experience and common purpose, along with a collective responsibility for each other's well-being.

Lookout for updates on the Sō Percussion Summer Institute and other future education opportunities!