contemporary chamber music [performance + composition + research]

nnSF 2016 Participant Information

Welcome to the sixth annual nief-norf Summer Festival!

We look forward to welcoming you to The University of Tennessee very soon. This page will provide you with all the necessary information prior your arrival on Tuesday, June 7th. As we continue to finalize the many moving parts of the festival over the coming months, you will be periodically updated with information regarding scheduling, repertoire, part assignments, and more through this page — please bookmark it for future reference! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send us an email: - For general festival questions - For questions regarding travel, scheduling, repertoire, and part assignments

Please note: you will be notified via email when each major update to this page occurs to ensure that you don't miss any crucial information.

Concert and Event Schedule

Festival Schedule

The festival schedule is available through Sched, an online event organizer. Please check your email and accept the invitation to Sched in order to view the full festival schedule.

Please note that the festival schedule is subject to change, and we will make all updates through Sched.

2016 nnSF Faculty, Staff, Fellows, and Guests

Faculty:   Andrew Bliss - Artistic Director; Christopher Adler - Composition Director; Kerry O’Brien - Research Director; Allison Adams - Wind Faculty; Lisa Cella - Wind Faculty; Tim Feeney - Percussion Faculty; Andrea Lodge - Piano Faculty; Jay Sorce - Guitar Faculty; Ashley Walters - String Faculty
Eric Willie - Percussion Faculty

Staff:   Abby Fisher - Director of Operations; Eric Retterer - Director of Production; Alex Richard, Brianna Stock, Ike Van de Vate - Interns; Kevin Eikenberg - Videographer

Guest Scholars:   Douglas Kahn, Gabriel Lubell, Jeremy Strachan, Grace Leslie, Tyler Kinnear, Ryan Harrison, Rebecca Lentjes

Visiting Artists:   Christopher Burns - Composer-in-Residence; Tonia Ko - Composer-in-Residence; Annea Lockwood - Guest Composer; Shiuan Chang, Nicole Murphy, Filippo Santoro, Brian Simalchik - Call for Scores Winners

Performance Fellows:   Trevor Babb, Brandon Baker, Jeremy Bass, Aubrey Burdick, Cole Castorina, Sophie Chang, Jonathan Clancy, Sarah Compton, Jordan Curcuruto, Stephen Downing, Katherine Eikam, David Floyd, Wesley Fowler, Ty Gable, Aaron Gochberg, Annie Jeng, Kin Lam Lam, Colin McCall, Elizabeth Milligan, Samuel Nichols, Jessie Nucho, Nicholas Papador, McKayla Phillips, Alexandra Porter, Brant Roberts, Nicholas Samuel, Bradley Schilit, Daniel Schreiner, Iris Sidikman, Eric Singh, Marta Tiesenga, Gabrielle Vanek, Chelsea Villanueva, Will Yager, Joshua Weinberg, Kevin Zetina

Composition Fellows:   Joshua Charney, Louise Fristensky, Zach Jones, Hunter Long, Sean McFarland, Anna Meadors, Shawn Milloway, Tori Ovel, Craig Davis Pinson, Jeremy Wexler

Participant Info Form and norfSPACE

We kindly ask that as soon as you have your travel plans arranged, whether flying or driving, to please fill out our Participant Information Form so that we may begin planning our airport shuttle.

Within the form you may also include whether or not you would like to play a solo at our lunchtime  norfSPACE series! Playing on this concert series is not mandatory, but is a great chance to showcase some of your solo repertoire for everyone. We ask that the piece you select is less than 10min in length (excerpts from longer pieces are welcome) in order to accommodate the large number of performers. norfSPACE will take place on campus in the Powell Recital Hall. Pieces with electronics are also welcome.

Percussionists: we will provide mallet instruments as needed. Setup pieces are also encouraged, but we'd ask that you keep them small to medium-sized, if possible.

Please fill out the form as soon as your travel plans are set, and no later than May 15.

Travel - Arrival & Departure

117 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center 741 Volunteer Blvd. Knoxville, TN 37996-2600

117 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
741 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-2600

The 2016 nief-norf Summer Festival will be held at The University of Tennessee in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.

All participants should plan to arrive Tuesday, June 7th, allowing for adequate time in getting to the school, checking into the dorms, and eating dinner prior to the 7pm opening concert.
Percussionists: in addition to the above, you will be gathering equipment and setting up for the pieces with which you are involved for your first concert; please plan your arrival time accordingly!

If you are flying into Knoxville, please book your flights to the McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS). We will provide you with transportation to the school from the airport. As the festival approaches we'll be in touch regarding your flight schedule and our van shuttle schedule.

If you are driving to Knoxville, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville is located along the Tennessee River just off the intersection of I-40 and I-75. Similarly, please plan your arrival with adequate prep time prior to our evening concert.

Dorm Check-in - Tuesday, June 7th

  • 3pm - 7pm

Dorm Check-out - Monday, June 20th

  • 7:30am - 9am

The morning following the final marathon concert, we ask that all participants assist in packing up the equipment and cleaning the rehearsal and concert spaces after checking out of the dorms by 9am. Please accordingly plan your departure for Monday, June 20th after 12pm. We will provide you with transportation to the airport.

If you have any issues or concerns traveling within these dates/times, please contact us right away.

Accommodations and Dining

UT Knoxville map - click to enlarge

Upon arrival please report to Volunteer Residence Hall to check in:

1525 White Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916
Front desk phone: 865-946-2566

The following linens will be provided:
2 bed sheets
2 towels
1 blanket
Pillow and pillow case
Hand soap

Dorm rooms are apartment style - each participant will have their own bedroom and share a bathroom, with a large common room that includes a kitchen and washer/dryer, though you'll need to bring your own detergent/dryer sheets. The dorms are about a fifteen-minute walk to the Presidential Court cafeteria and Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. There will be lockers available for our use at the music center, so you won't need to carry your instruments and equipment to and from the dorms.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided daily at the cafeteria; your first meal will be dinner on June 7, and your last will be breakfast on June 20. If you have any food allergies and/or sensitivities, please include that information when prompted in the Participant Information Form. Please note that on days in which we have off-campus performances you may need to provide dinner for yourself at one of the many restaurants in downtown Knoxville; these meals are not covered by your tuition, so please plan accordingly.

Cafeteria hours:

  • Breakfast   6:30-9am
  • Lunch   11:30am-2pm
  • Dinner   5-7pm

Wifi access: You will have access to wifi campus-wide. When prompted, log in under the "Sponsored Guests" option with the following information:

  • Login:   nn2016
  • Pswd:   niefnorf2016!

For more information about downtown Knoxville check out this map, and this list of restaurants.

Packing List


  • Black towels and/or foam
  • Small and/or unique instruments (maracas, triangles, siren whistles, etc)
  • Large selection of sticks, mallets, and beaters for each piece
  • Specialized/unique mallets (superball, bows w/rosin, etc)


  • Amplifier and appropriate cables


  • Headphones (earbud-type preferable)
  • Headphone extension cable (if you have one)
  • All music and scores printed in advance (unless using a laptop or tablet)
  • Any secondary instruments you may be using
  • Sunscreen / rain gear - check the weather forecast!

Concert Dress:

  • Concert dress code will be 'casual yet concerned.' Concerned includes dress slacks and dresses, but does not extend to all black; casual includes nice jeans and stylish kicks, but does not extend to shorts and sandals.

Social Media

Throughout the nief-norf Summer Festival, we will be posting updates, photos, and videos to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. Please consider following us on Instagram and Vimeo, as well as “like” the nief-norf Facebook page and follow @niefnorf on Twitter to track these updates. The nief-norf Summer Festival Twitter hashtag is: #nnSF16

We look forward to seeing you!