the nief-norf Summer Festival will take place June 11-25, 2018

Applications for the 2018 Nief-Norf Summer Festival are now open!

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The nnSF Performance, Composition, and Music Technology Workshops invite applications from all instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers over the age of 18 (including undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and professionals).

Click or continue scrolling to learn how to apply to the 2018 festival.

Priority Deadline:
December 15, 2017

Apply to either the Performance, Composition, or Music Technology workshops by the Priority Deadline (December 15, 2017) to receive:

  • $100 tuition discount for all applications submitted by the Priority Deadline!
  • Eligibility for $250 alumni tuition discount.
  • Eligibility for travel assistance.
  • Eligibility for scholarships.
  • Priority consideration for festival admission.
  • Decision by January 01, 2018.

Application Deadline:
February 15, 2018

Apply by this date to receive:

  • Eligibility for festival admission dependent on remaining availability following the Priority Deadline (December 15, 2017).
  • Decision by February 22, 2018.
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Please note: Applications submitted after the December 15th Priority Deadline are not eligible for scholarships and travel assistance. Discounts cannot be combined with one another; only one discount per application (this does not include scholarships and travel assistance). All discounts will be documented through the application process and applied to the final tuition payment.

  • Scholarships will be offered to select applicants following successful acceptance to the festival. Scholarships will be awarded based on talent, instrumental need, and financial need.
  • Travel assistance may be available for fellows with over $600 in travel expenses for those who apply by the priority deadline.
  • Alumni fellows in good standing from previous nnSF attendance will enjoy a $250 discount for return enrollment.

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The tuition for the 2018 Nief-Norf Summer Festival is two thousand four hundred dollars ($2400 USD), which includes room & board for facilities on campus. There are numerous ways to lower festival costs by applying by the priority deadline, commuting, changing meal plans, or taking advantage of our referral program.

A non-refundable downpayment of six hundred dollars ($600 USD) is due two weeks following formal acceptance to the festival. This downpayment is required to reserve a position in the festival for accepted applicants. In the event of an absent downpayment, the festival reserves the right to move to the next waitlisted applicant. Please email contact@niefnorf.org if you need more finance options.

All participants are responsible for transportation to and from Knoxville, TN. Commuter plans are available to participants who wish to stay off-campus, and will reduce tuition by $450 USD. Please select the "Commuter" option in your application form if this is the case, leaving you responsible to secure your own housing. Please keep in mind that fellows will be on-campus early in the morning and late at night, so alternative housing options should be in the Knoxville vicinity.

Similarly, participants may opt out of the on-campus cafeteria dining plan, reducing tuition by $250 USD. Please select the "Forager" option in your application form if this is the case, leaving you responsible to secure your own meals off-campus.

Full payment of tuition is due by April 01, 2018.

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To apply, fill out a Performance Workshop Application for your instrument. In addition to your educational background, you will need to upload the following when prompted:

  • A current headshot for use in website and promotional media.
  • Past performance repertoire lists for solo and chamber music.
  • Specific repertoire wishlist requests (optional) for chamber repertoire to be performed at the festival. 
  • A brief video statement introducing yourself and describing your experience with contemporary music up to this point, why you have chosen to apply to the Nief-Norf Summer Festival, and what you hope to gain from the experience. Statements should be uploaded using a streaming service such as YouTube or Vimeo, and not exceed three minutes in length.
  • Audio or video footage of your performance abilities, totaling no more than fifteen minutes in length, via an online streaming service (YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, etc.).

A non-refundable fifty dollar ($50 USD) application fee is required to finalize the submission. Keep in mind you can save your progress as you go - no need to do it all at once! Please check your Acceptd message inbox for updates on your application status and other festival communication.

Learn more about the Performance Workshop.

Questions? Send us a note to admin@niefnorf.org

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To apply, fill out the Composition Workshop Application. In addition to your educational background, you will need to upload the following when prompted:

  • A current headshot for use in website and promotional media.
  • A brief video statement introducing yourself and describing your experience with contemporary music up to this point, why you have chosen to apply to the Nief-Norf Summer Festival, and what you hope to gain from the experience. Statements should be uploaded using a streaming service such as YouTube or Vimeo, and not exceed three minutes in length.
  • Two scores (PDFs) and recordings (optional) representing what you feel is your strongest work. 
  • A statement of interest describing the piece you would like to compose for the festival, including some ideas for instrumentation. The final instrumentation will be determined by the Composition Workshop Director based on availability. 
  • A bio or CV surveying your experience in composition.

A non-refundable fifty dollar ($50 USD) application fee is required to finalize the submission. Please scan any hand-written materials, and host your audio files through an online streaming service (YouTube, Soundcloud, etc.), providing the URL when prompted in the application. Keep in mind you can save your progress as you go - no need to do it all at once! Please check your Acceptd message inbox for updates on your application status and other festival communication.

Learn more about the Composition Workshop.

Questions? Send us a note to composition@niefnorf.org.

To apply, fill out a Music Technology Workshop Application. In addition to your educational background, you will need to upload the following when prompted:

  • A current headshot for use in website and promotional media.
  • A brief video statement introducing yourself and describing your experience with contemporary music up to this point, why you have chosen to apply to the Nief-Norf Summer Festival, and what you hope to gain from the experience. Statements should be uploaded using a streaming service such as YouTube or Vimeo, and not exceed three minutes in length.
  • Two audio and/or video documentations representing what you feel is your strongest work, via an online streaming service (YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, etc.).
  • A list of all audio software programs and hardware you are experienced with, noting your level of experience from 1 to 5, with 5 considered expert-level.
  • A detailed project proposal (PDF) for a live performance or installation you would like to work on during your fellowship (optional).
  • Specific repertoire wishlist requests for chamber repertoire to be performed at the festival (optional).
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A non-refundable fifty dollar ($50 USD) application fee is required to finalize the submission. Keep in mind you can save your progress as you go - no need to do it all at once! Please check your Acceptd message inbox for updates on your application status and other festival communication.

Learn more about the Music Technology Workshop.

Questions? Send us a note to admin@niefnorf.org

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Music technology fellows will be asked to supply their own laptop, audio interface, audio software, and controller. If you cannot provide one or more of these items, please email admin@niefnorf.org. Below are the specific required brands of equipment to purchase as determined by the festival faculty.

Laptop

 

  • Intel® PC with Windows 7 64-bit (Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate Editions) or Windows 8/8.1 (Standard and Pro Editions)
  • Intel® Core i5 or i7 processor
  • 8GB RAM 

Minimum specs:

  • Intel® Mac with Mac OS X 10.9
  • Intel® Core i5 or i7 processor
  • 8GB RAM

     

MIDI Controller

Suggested models:

  • Ableton Push
  • Akai Professional Series
  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • M-Audio Axiom Keyboard Controllers

Audio Interface

Suggested models with the minimum specifications required:

  • Presonus AudioBox
  • Focusrite Scarlett Solo
  • Apogee Duet for iPad and Mac

Software

  • Professional-grade digital audio workstation (DAW).  Ableton Live Suite with Max for Live highly suggested.
  • Max 7 (one-month license)