Nief-Norf is a Knoxville-based, multi-tiered contemporary music organization devoted to fostering creative work among musical interpreters, composers, and scholars. Nief-Norf presents and performs contemporary chamber music in ways that explore the breadth and depth of the repertoire. Their focus on flexible repertoire-based instrumentation allows the ensemble to connect Knoxville’s most voracious ears with outstanding works of the 20th Century as well as new commissions and collaborations.


Apply for nnsf19 - June 10-24, 2019

The Nief-Norf Summer Festival (nnSF) is an interdisciplinary summer music festival, bringing together dozens of performers, composers, and scholars to collaborate on the performance, creation, and discussion of contemporary music. The nnSF offers an immersive think-tank environment in the state-of-the-art Natalie L. Haslam Music Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The nnSF Performance, and Music Technology Workshops invite applications from all instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers over the age of 18 (including undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and professionals). Please note the Composition Workshop and Composer-Performer Track have filled so no new applications will be accepted.

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2019.



You are kindly invited to submit proposals for “Genre Lines,” a conference embedded within the 2019 Nief-Norf Summer Festival. In this conference, we will examine music that has defied, reaffirmed, and/or blurred the boundaries of genre in experimental music of the past 50 years. We seek to ask who and what gets included and excluded when genre lines are drawn.

The conference will feature talks and performances centered on the music of our guest artists, including composer-clarinetist James Falzone, composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, and trumpeter-composer Wadada Leo Smith, who will give the conference keynote.

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2019.


Join us for Knoxville Concert Series: Fresh Ink

Nief-Norf’s cellist Ashley Walters and percussionist Andrew Bliss will give the world premiere of a new composition from Lewis Nielson.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
The Square Room

Knoxville residents know that Nief-Norf brings the brightest, most promising composers, performers, and scholars together in June every summer. However, we’re expanding our role as a cutting-edge laboratory for 21st-century chamber music, offering year-round programming with the new Knoxville Concert Series in 2018-2019.

The Knoxville Concert Series is funded in part by a grant by the Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research at the Eastman School of Music.


Applications for Nief-Norf Summer Festival 2019 Are Open

Todd Steed interviews Nief-Norf for the WUOT Podcast


nnSF now Featuring Music Technology workshop

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Our Location

PO Box 31432
Knoxville, TN 37930



Individual contributions to the Nief-Norf organization support the diverse activities of the Summer Music Festival as well performances and tours by the Nief-Norf Project. Your donations help us keep the tuition for the Summer Festival as low as possible. Nief-Norf is a non-profit organization and your donations are tax deductible. We greatly appreciate your generosity; thank you very much for your support of contemporary music. 

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