June 15–23, 2018
SICPP (known affectionately as "Sick Puppy"), founded by Artistic Director Stephen Drury, is a full-blown annual chamber music festival focused on works of the 20th and 21st centuries, with an electronic music workshop, and featuring the SICPP New Works Program—a composition workshop where advanced composers have the opportunity to study with the Composer-in-Residence (this year, Julian Anderson), engage in colloquia with fellow composers, and work directly with musicians in the rehearsal and performance of their work.
The experience is intense and demanding—eight days of masterclasses, lessons, colloquia, and rehearsals, topped off by incredible nightly concerts given by SICPP faculty, guest artists and Ensemble-in-Residence the Callithumpian Consort.
Selected soloists participate throughout the week in masterclasses led by SICPP faculty and guest artists. Most accepted performers participate in chamber groups which perform on the final marathon concert we call the Iditarod. Select SICPP fellows will have also have the exciting opportunity to perform solo works in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Calderwood Hall on afternoon concerts each weekday.
SICPPwas started by Artistic Director Stephen Drury as an intensive performance seminar on music of the 20th century, and for many years enrollment was open only to advanced pianists; since 2005 the program has also been open to percussionists, finally expanding by 2009 to include vocalists and all other instrumentalists.