contemporary chamber music [performance + composition + research]

nief-norf Summer Festival 2017
International Call for Scores

Congratulations to the composers whose works were selected in the 2017 International Call for Scores! We have chosen three winning compositions, two of which will be programmed at nnSF '17:

Fat Quarter (2015), for clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello and double bass,
by Brooks Frederickson

Sentence (2016), for clarinet, violin, cello, piano
by Carolyn Chen

and one work that will be programmed at nnSF '18:

Water, Wine, Brandy, Brine (2015), for percussion quartet
by Viet Cuong

Each year the 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. Because nnSF2017 is hosting the 6th International Conference on Minimal Music, we are seeking works inspired by or related to minimalism. This may be interpreted creatively and includes works related to musical minimalism, minimalist art, postminimalism and works in any way inspired by these. Composers of selected compositions will be invited to attend the festival and coach festival students and faculty in the preparation of the work.

The nnSF Call for Scores invites submissions of contemporary scores for chamber ensemble (3-12 players) for any of the following instruments: 

  • flute (all family)
  • clarinet (all family)
  • oboe
  • bassoon
  • saxophone (all family)
  • trumpet
  • horn
  • trombone
  • tuba
  • piano
  • harp
  • percussion
  • guitar (acoustic or electric)
  • violin
  • viola
  • cello
  • double bass
  • voice

We welcome any of the following: scores requiring two or more of the same instrument (such as percussion ensemble or string quartet); works including improvisation, electronics, indeterminate notation or instrumentation; works that have been performed, recorded or published. All interested composers, at any point in their career are eligible to apply.

Submission fee: $15 for the first composition, $10 for each additional work (up to five).

The deadline for the 2017 Call for Scores has passed.

Details: Selections will be made in part based on the instruments of enrolled fellows in the Performance Workshop. If your score is selected, you will be invited and expected to attend the nnSF 2017, during a three-day period determined by the rehearsal and performance schedule. Composers will be given the opportunity to work directly with the fellows in preparation for a performance of their pieces. Selected composers will not be required to pay registration or tuition and will be offered accommodations for two nights and meals for three days. However, travel will not be covered or reimbursed. 

Call for Scores Application Requirements:

Applicants should submit:

1) Completed Call for Scores Competition Submission Form including submission fee (when you submit the form, you will provided a Paypal link to pay the submission fee).

2) Email to containing the following items:

  • PDF of the submission(s)
  • PDF of Program Notes and Performance History for the submission(s)
  • Audio ( .mp3) or video ( .mov / .mp4) recordings of the work(s), or links to on-line recordings, if available (not required, MIDI versions accepted)
  • A brief bio

Please scan any hand-written materials. For large files, please use a file-sharing service such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

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Past Winners

2016 Nicole Murphy, Stolen
2016 Shiuan Chang, Monk
2016 Filippo Santoro, Per quattro
2016 Brian Simalchik, Seven Songs
2015 Beavan Flanagan, L’essence perd son sens
2015 Robert Honstein, Is it Auburn?
2015 Sid Richardson, Astrolabe
2014 Aaron Helgeson, nothing from nothing (is black are white)
2013 Travis Alford, Froschteichmusik
2013 Bryan Christian, Combination
2013 Nicholas Deyoe, wir aber sind schon anders
2013 Lewis Nielson, Tocsin
2012 Samuel Andreyev, Stopping