Applications for
Nief-Norf Summer Festival 2020 Are Open

Priority Deadline for applications - December 15, 2019

The Nief-Norf Summer Festival (nnSF) Performance, Composition, Composer-Performer, and Music Technology Workshops invite applications from all instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers age of 18 and older (including undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and professionals). The summer festival will bring this generation's brightest, most promising composers, performers, and scholars together in the state-of-the-art University of Tennessee music facilities from June 8–22, 2020.

Chris Barrett of The Knoxville Mercury reported, “[They] turn the city into a cutting-edge laboratory for 21st-century avant-garde and experimental music.” Since 2011, nnSF has grown to fourteen days and twelve concerts—culminating in a final marathon concert. It also features an academic conference within the larger festival.

Nief-Norf recognizes that our field is challenged to overcome a complex web of inequities – racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, and ableism among them. Our current priority is striving toward equity in nnSF acceptances for underrepresented groups specifically people of color, women, and non-binary artists, composers, and scholars.


About nief-norf summer festival 2020

The Composition Workshop, Music Technology Workshop, Performance Workshop, and Research Summit provide fellows with extensive interaction with the faculty, guest composers, and visiting artists, as well as an industry-leading amount of opportunities for professional level performances of contemporary chamber ensemble works.

  • Composition Workshop: Composition fellows will compose one work for 2-6 musicians under the mentorship of composition faculty Christopher Adler and 2020 guest composers, and will work with the performance fellows and faculty on the preparation of their work for performance during the festival. Nief-Norf Summer Festival added a Composer-Performer Option in 2019.

  • Music Technology Performance Workshop: Up to eight Music Technology Performance fellows are invited into an an intensive experience in live performance with chamber and electronic music.

  • Performance Workshop: Performance fellows participate in an average of five to seven chamber works while working with faculty and other performance fellows in the preparation of festival concerts. Previously-formed ensembles are encouraged to apply to the festival.

  • Lecture Series: Since 2012, the Nief-Norf Summer Festival has featured an academic conference within our larger 14-day festival. As part of the festival, dozens of performers, composers, faculty, and scholars attend these research gatherings. For nnSF20, our research series will continue with a Lecture Series, featuring numerous lectures throughout the two-week festival given by invited guest scholars.

  • Call For Scores: nnSF Call for Scores invites submissions of contemporary scores for chamber ensemble that are performed by Performance Fellows at the annual Nief-Norf Summer Festival. Composers of selected compositions will be invited to attend the festival and coach festival students and faculty in the preparation of the work.

About Nief-Norf

Nief-Norf is a Knoxville-based, multi-tiered contemporary music organization devoted to fostering creative collaboration among musical interpreters, composers, and scholars. Nief-Norf celebrates experimental music through their performances, the Knoxville Concert Series, the annual Nief-Norf Summer Festival, the international call for scores, and the Research Summit - an embedded academic conference on special topics surrounding the experimental music tradition.