The nnSF20 INTERNATIONAL Call for Scores

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. Composers of selected compositions will be invited to attend the festival and coach festival students and faculty in the preparation of the work.


The nnSF20 Call for Scores invites submissions of works for chamber ensemble (3-12 players) for any of the following instruments.

  • bassoon

  • cello

  • clarinet (all family)

  • double bass

  • electronics (requiring a separate performer)

  • flute (all family)

  • guitar (acoustic or electric)

  • harp

  • horn

  • oboe

  • percussion

  • piano / keyboard

  • saxophone (all family)

  • trombone

  • trumpet

  • tuba

  • viola

  • violin

  • voice

The call is open to all composers without restriction. We welcome any of the following: scores requiring multiples of any of the above instruments (such as percussion ensemble or string quartet); works including improvisation, electronics (including audio or video fixed media), indeterminate notation or open 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 three).

Submission deadline: January 15, 2020

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 nnSF20, 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 be offered accommodations for two nights and meals for three days. However, travel will not be covered or reimbursed. Selected composers are expected provided performance materials for their work.


Applicants should submit:

1) Completed Call for Scores Competition Submission Form including submission fee (when you submit the form, you will be provided a PayPal link to pay the submission fee). Please note the submission form will call for:

  • Your bio

  • Title of each submission

  • Program note for each submission.

  • Link to audio or video of the work, if available.

2) Email to containing a PDF of the score for each submission.

Please scan any hand-written materials. Please do not email audio or video files; these will not be accepted. Please post audio or video on a streaming service such as Youtube, Soundcloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive and include the link on the submission form.

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Past Winners

2019 Emre Sihan Kaleli, Adjacent rooms, for Borges
2019 Leah Reid, Single Fish
2018 Juro Kim Feliz, Pangkur
2018 Jinhee Han, Echoes of Home
2018 Tomás La Porta, Haikus sin Palabras
2017 Carolyn Chen, Sentence
2017 Viet Cuong, Water, Wine, Brandy, Brine
2017 Brooks Frederickson, Fat Quarter
2016 Shiuan Chang, Monk
2016 Nicole Murphy, Stolen
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