contemporary chamber music [performance + composition + research]

Festival Overview

nief-norf Summer Festival: June 12-26, 2017

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 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 (this year on minimalism), 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.

The nief-norf Summer Festival takes place June 12-26, 2017 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Learn more about the Performance Workshop


Learn more about the Composition Workshop


Learn more about the Research Summit: this year we are hosting the Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism.

Apply for either Workshop