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31 Jul

2012 So Summer Institute

The 2012 So Percussion Summer Institute, held at Princeton University from July 15th to July 28th, once again provided two dozen students with a unique, concentrated chamber music experience.  Founded in 2009, SoSI is an intensive two week chamber music seminar for college age percussionists.  The four members of So Percussion, Pearl/Adams artists Eric Beach, Adam Sliwinski, Jason Treuting, and Josh Quillen, all serve as faculty in rehearsal, performance, and discussion of contemporary music for percussion.

So’s relationship with the Music Department at Princeton provides a exceptional opportunity for SoSI attendees.  So routinely visits Princeton throughout the school year to work with advanced composition students on issues relating to writing for percussion—what works, what doesn’t, special idiomatic considerations of the many instruments, and the logistical concerns of what being a percussionist can entail.  Combined with So’s long relationship with Steven Mackey, Grammy-award winning composer and Music Department Chair at Princeton, the So residency directly results in six Princeton composers writing new pieces for SoSI attendees to premier.   The first week of this year’s SoSI allowed composers and performers to meet for rehearsal and collaboration over a period of six days before the premier concerts on Saturday, July 21st.

Meehan-Perkins Duo visited the second week of SoSI, giving a concert, clinic, workshops, and combining with So for a workshop on Xenakis’ Pleiades. Pleiades was a highlight of the final student concert along with Princeton faculty member Paul Lansky’s Threads.  The second week also included a recording session a Dan Deacon piece that was premiered at SoSI 2011 and a concert by Mobius Percussion Quartet.

Congratulations yet again to So, visiting ensembles, and all of the participants for another memorable SoSI, and for all of the efforts in pursuing the study of and preparation of new music.

As part of Pearl and Adams continuing support of music education, the companies are proud to have funded three scholarships to aid students Evan Chapman, Peter Dodds, and Elizabeth John attend SoSI.