nief-norf

contemporary chamber music [performance + composition + research]

Festival Overview

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, and presents 7-8 concerts of modern music, aiming to encourage both appreciation for live music and support for contemporary art.

The nief-norf Summer Festival takes place Summer of 2018 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Precise dates will be announced this coming Fall of 2017.


The nief-norf Summer Festival features full-time performance and composition faculty-led workshops lasting the duration of the festival. In addition, each year the nnSF hosts two international calls for projects: the first, a Call for Papers for a weekend-long Research Summit on contemporary music, and the second, a Call for Scores competition for composers. These projects bring some of our generation's brightest and most promising composers and scholars to the festival for interaction with the performance & composition fellows, the faculty, and the Knoxville community.