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Join us for “Genre Lines,” a new music weekend summit embedded within the 2019 Nief-Norf Summer Festival taking place the weekend of June 14–15, 2019 in Knoxville, TN. In this summit, we will examine music that has defied, reaffirmed, and/or blurred the boundaries of genre in experimental music of the past 50 years. We seek to ask who and what gets included and excluded when genre lines are drawn.

The weekend summit will feature talks and performances centered on the music of our guest artists, including composer-clarinetist James Falzone, composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, and trumpeter-composer Wadada Leo Smith, who will give the conference keynote.

Genre Lines Schedule

Full schedule coming soon. The weekend opens with a Friday night concert, followed by a full day Saturday of talks, performances, presentations, and a keynote by Wadada Leo Smith, before concluding with Saturday evening’s concert, featuring James Falzone on clarinet, followed by Sarah Kirkland Snider’s song cycle Penelope.

Genre Lines Registration

Registration includes Friday and Saturday evening concert tickets, as well as admittance to all of Saturday’s talks, performances, keynote, and presentations.

Note: Genre Lines New Music Weekend Summit participants can join the festivities on Thursday, June 13th. Navigate to Thursday to purchase New Music Weekend Summit general admission and student passes.

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Getting to Knoxville


If flying, please book your flight into McGhee Tyson Airport, located about 20 minutes south of Knoxville.


The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is located along the Tennessee River just off the intersection of I-40 and I-75.

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The Natalie L. Haslam Music Center:

The University of Tennessee
School of Music
117 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
1741 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-2600




The Volunteer Hotel (formerly Hilton Garden Inn) is the closest accommodation option to the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center (where the Weekend Summit will take place). Walking from this hotel to the music school takes approximately 5-7 minutes.

Weekend Summit

For the past seven years, the Nief-Norf Summer Festival has featured a weekend summit within the larger 14-day festival. As part of the festival, dozens of performers, composers, festival faculty, and participating scholars attend these summit gatherings. Past topics have included the music of John Cage (2012), Music and Technology (2013), Music and/as Process (2014), Music as Theater (2015), Astro-Bio-Geo-Physical Music (2016), the Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism (2017), and New Asia (2018).