Contemporary chamber music [performance + composition + research]

Sid Richardson Announced as an International Call for Scores Winner

The nief-norf Summer Festival is thrilled to announce Sid Richardson as one of our three International Call for Scores Winners. Richardson's composition Astrolabe (2014) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion will be performed at the 2015 nief-norf Summer Festival on Saturday, June 13 at 8:00pm. 

Sid Richardson is a composer who also performs as a contrabassist in the Duke New Music Ensemble. Originally from Belmont, Massachusetts, Sid is currently a graduate student in the Department of Music at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He completed a Master of Music in composition at the Boston Conservatory in 2013, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in music and classics. His primary composition teachers have been John Supko, Stephen Jaffe, Marti Epstein, Jan Swafford, and John McDonald. He has recently collaborated on compositions with artists such as the Da Capo Chamber Players, yMusic Ensemble, and the Alcyon Chamber Ensemble, among others. Sid received the Roger Sessions Memorial Composition Award upon graduating from the Boston Conservatory, and the Outstanding Achievement Award from Tufts University's Music Department at the 2010 commencement ceremony. In addition to music, Sid is interested in sailing, classical studies, and French literature, in which he finds inspiration for many of his works.

Robert Honstein Announced as an International Call for Scores Winner

The nief-norf Summer Festival is pleased to announce composer Robert Honstein as one of our three International Call for Scores Winners. Thank you to everyone who submitted a composition for consideration. We were delighted to receive such diverse and creative work from all around the world. 

Robert Honstein's composition Is It Auburn? for violin, cello, piano, and percussion (2010) will be performed at the nief-norf Summer Festival's final marathon concert on Friday, June 19 at 5:00pm.


Celebrated for his "rolling, insistent orchestral figuration" (New York Times) and "glittery, percussive pieces" (Toronto Globe and Mail), composer Robert Honstein (b. 1980) is a composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music.

His works have been performed throughout North American by ensembles such as the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble ACJW, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Mivos quartet, the Del Sol Quartet, Concert Black, TIGUE, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, among others. He has received an Aaron Copland Award, multiple ASCAP awards and other honors from SCI, Carnegie Hall, and New Music USA. He has also received residencies at Copland House, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, I-Park, the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center.

Robert co-produces Fast Forward Austin, an annual marathon new music concert in Austin, TX and is a founding member of the New York based composer collective Sleeping Giant. Upcoming projects include commissions from cellist Ashley Bathgate, a consortium of pianists for a solo piano work, and a new work for Eighth Blackbird as part of a collaboration with Sleeping Giant. In May 2014, New Focus Records released his debut album, the chamber cycle RE: You. He is also composer-in-residence, along with his Sleeping Giant colleagues, with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, as part of a Music Alive grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. He studied composition at the Yale School of Music with Martin Bresnick, Chris Theofanidis, and David Lang.

nief-norf Project Residency at NIU

The nief-norf Project will be in residence at Northern Illinois University, with Andrew Bliss, Erin Walker Bliss, Kerry O'Brien, Ashley Walters, and Christopher Adler. Events include performances of Where Was I? by Evan Ziporyn, Plenum Vortices by Christopher Adler, Aura by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, the devouring shore by John Supko, and the world premiere of Ashley, Christopher, Andy by Nicholas Deyoe. The nief-norf Project also joins with NIU students and faculty for performances of Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich and Ecstatic Volutions in a Neon Haze by Christopher Adler.