so percussion

Summer Institute Application

Info for Applicants

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Program Dates: July 10-24, 2022

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Program Overview

The Sō Percussion Summer Institute (SōSI) brings ambitious college-aged composers, percussionists and other instrumentalists together online to learn and perform in a hands-on environment with one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles and composers with whom they collaborate.

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 us at [Please enable javascript to see the email address]

Highlights This Year

Highlights of SōSI 2022 and Virtual SōSI 2022

  • SōSI 2022 Composer-in-Residence, Angélica Negrón!
  • Premieres of new work!
  • Masterclasses, lessons, and coachings with renowned composers and performers.
  • Multiple Performance opportunities for both SōSI and Virtual SōSI!
  • The Online Workbook created and updated from our past two remote SōSI festivals returns and will be made available to all participants!
  • All events will be live streamed for our Virtual SōSI Participants and audiences!
  • More exciting details to be confirmed soon!

2022 Application Instructions

Deadline for Online Submission is Feb 1, 2022 for all materials.


SōSI - Tuition/Room and Board for SōSI 2022: $2600

Virtual SōSI Tuition: $1000

Tuition breakdown and offerings available in program descriptions and FAQs

A $200 deposit (included in total tuition cost) will be due by May 1, 2022.

Application Requirements

The following materials will be required for all applicants in SōSI and Virtual SōSI: (all materials must be submitted through the application portal. You may save your progress while working.)

  • Completed 2022 Application Form (online)
  • Statement of Intent (1:00 minute video introducing yourself and stating why you would like to attend the Sō Percussion Summer Institute.)
  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from a current or former teacher. (uploaded as 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 Instrumentalists

  • List of chamber works performed and works you would like to perform
  • Audition recordings (uploaded or linked through the application)
  • Recording Requirements for Instrumentalists: 10-20 minutes of solo and/or chamber audio/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 two—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.
  • Please read the Composition Guidelines before starting your application.
  • Composers are only eligible to attend SōSI two times total. Composers who have attended once may reapply. Composers who have already attended twice are no longer eligible and should not re-apply.


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

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

General Scholarship Details and Eligibility Requirements:


Tuition assistance is offered for all new students who apply.

The purpose of these scholarships is to provide financial support for the selected students to participate, learn, and perform in the 13th annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute 2022 held at Princeton University.


Students who would like to be considered for general scholarship support must apply in the scholarship application portal.

BIPOC Scholarship Details and Eligibility Requirements:

The purpose of these scholarships is to:

  1. assist promising and deserving students of color, and
  2. provide financial support for the selected students to participate, learn, and perform in the 13th annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute 2022.

Eligibility Requirements:

In order to be eligible for the BIPOC scholarship fund, applicants must identity as BIPOC on the scholarship application form.

Composition Assistant Scholarship Details and Eligibility Requirements:

The purpose of these scholarships is to:

  1. Assist composition program director and faculty.
  2. provide financial support for the selected students to participate, learn, and perform in the 13th annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute 2022 held at Princeton University.
  3. Composition Applicants will be asked to assist Composition Director, Andrea Mazzariello and Sō Percussion Summer Institute Team prior to the festival and during the festival.


Eligibility for the composition assistant scholarship fund is determined by your application submission through the “composition” track. If interested, please answer the questions in the application that refer to this scholarship fund.

COVID-19 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 participants by Sō Percussion.

Should Princeton University not allow summer programs, the Sō Percussion Summer Institute will go online. Tuition will be reduced consummate to program changes.


Direct any application questions to Shelby Blezinger-McCay: [Please enable javascript to see the email address].