contemporary chamber music [performance + composition + research]

nnSF 2017 Participant Information

Welcome to the seventh annual nief-norf Summer Festival!

We look forward to meeting you at The University of Tennessee very soon. This page will provide you with all the necessary information prior your arrival on Monday, June 12th. As the festival begins and progresses, you will be periodically updated with information regarding the many moving parts of our activities 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 scheduling, repertoire, and equipment - For questions regarding travel, accommodations, and operations - For questions regarding technology

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.

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 2017 nief-norf Summer Festival will be held at The University of Tennessee in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.

Dorm Check-in - Monday, June 12th

Check-in is from 8am to 5pm. We will have a nief-norf table setup in the Laurel Hall lobby from 11:30am - 6pm for general information, linens, and (those who signed up for) dining hall wrist-bands and parking permits.

Once you have checked in, please make your way to the Music Center for the 7:30pm Faculty Concert.

Dorm Check-out - Monday, June 26th

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 from 9am to 12pm. We will provide you with transportation to the airport. Don't forget to check out of the dorms between 8am to 5pm.

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 Laurel Residence Hall to check in:

1615 Laurel Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916
Front desk phone: 865-946-6673

One each of the following linens are provided:
Bed sheets - fitted, flat
Towels - hand, bath, washcloth
Blanket, pillow, pillowcase (those who are driving please bring your own pillow)
**Soap is not provided!!**

Dorm rooms are apartment style - each participant will have their own bedroom and share a bathroom, with a common room that includes a kitchen fitted with a sink, stove, oven, and fridge/freezer. Your room key will also unlock the building door to the dorm if it is locked; otherwise, call the front desk phone to have someone open the door for you. The dorms are about a fifteen-minute walk to the Stokely Hall 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.

If you opted in for the meal plan, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided daily at the cafeteria; your first meal will be lunch on June 12, and your last will be breakfast on June 26. Wristbands are required to eat at the cafeteria, and will be given to you upon check-in. 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. Select the "ut-open" network, and when prompted, select "No, I am a guest or prospective student." Proceed to log in as a "Sponsored Guest" with the following information:

  • Login:   nn2017
  • Pswd:   niefnorf2017!

Check out the following links for more information about the UT campus and downtown Knoxville:

Concert and Event Schedule

Festival Schedule

The festival schedule is available through Sched, an online event organizer. Prior to the start of the festival, you will receive an email inviting you to join Sched; accept the invitation 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.

2017 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; Andrea Lodge - Piano Faculty; Jay Sorce - Guitar Faculty; Mike Truesdell - Percussion Faculty; Ashley Walters - String Faculty

Staff:   Abby Fisher - Director of Operations; Jordan Munson - Technology Coordinator; Eric Retterer - Director of Production; Jon Clancy, Paige DeDecker, Will Hoover, Adam Lion - Interns; Evan Chapman - Videographer; Aaron Russell - Photographer

Guest Scholars:   Dean Suzuki, Twila Bakker, Jeremy Barnett, Maarten Beirens, Kathryn Caton, David Chapman Jr., Matthew Chiu, Alice Miller Cotter, Robert Davidson, Tysen Dauer, D. Edward Davis, Rebecca Doran Eaton, Rita Domingues, Ryan Ebright, Celia Fitz-Walter, Julia Gjebic, Richard Glover, Sumanth Gopinath, Theodore Gordon, Kirby Haugland, Tyler Howie, Patti Kilroy, Rebecca Lentjes, Cecilia Livingston, Sasha Metcalf, Patrick Nickleson, Charissa Noble, Michael Palmese, Mark E. Perry, John Pymm, William Robin, Martin Ross, Sam Scranton, Teresinha Rodrigues Prada Soare, Jeremy Strachan, Victor Szabo, Leah Weinberg, Justin Westley

Visiting Artists:   Mary Jane Leach, Amy Cimini - Keynote speakers; Ellen Fullman, Randy Gibson, Russell Hartenberger, Andrew Lee - Guest Artists; Marc Mellits, Nina Young - Composers-in-Residence; Carolyn Chen, Brooks Frederickson - Call for Scores Winners

Performance Fellows:   Jon Clancy, Sarah Compton, Stephen Downing , David Floyd, Jackson Graham, Brietta Greger, Zoe Hartenbaum, Kays Ishaq, Stephen Karukas, Neil Krzeski, William Leitch, Brianna Matzke, Frank Meadows, Elizabeth Milligan, Georgia Mills, Kevin O'Connor, Joseph Pazanowski, Alexandra Porter, Alexandrea Richard, Brant Roberts, Daniel Schreiner, Eric Shuster, Erin Snedecor, Philip Snyder, Elena Stabile, Kevin Sullivan, Brianna Tagliaferro, Dwight Van de Vate, Qiuchen Wang, Joshua Weinberg, Will Yager, Kyle Young, Kevin Zetina

Composition Fellows:   Tyler Eschendal, Louise Fristensky, Jacob Gelber, Douglas Hertz, Alexis Lamb, Yuan-Keng (Ernest) Ling, Douglas Osmun, Nicholas Papador, Victoria Romano, Zheng Shao, Max Vinetz

 norf SPACE

norf SPACE is a lunchtime concert/event series occurring regularly throughout the festival. Playing on this concert series is not mandatory, but is a great chance to showcase artistry that otherwise does not have an outlet already built in to our many activities, such as solo performances, presenting and/or discussing your own compositions, workshops, live collaborations, etc. In order to accommodate as many people as possible, first preference will be given to proposals 10min or less in length (excerpts from longer pieces are welcome). That said, please don't be discouraged from longer or more elaborate submissions; we will try to work as many people as possible into this series. norf SPACE will take place on campus in the Powell Recital Hall.

norf SPACE submissions are now CLOSED.

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)
  • If you're in doubt whether you should bring something, ask!


  • Amplifier and appropriate cables


  • Headphones (earbud-type preferable) if performing from a click track
  • 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!
  • A light jacket - the music building AC can be rather chilly
  • You may want to bring your own bath towel (the ones provided are fairly small and thin), and shower sandals (the rooms are not carpeted).

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: #nnSF17

We look forward to seeing you!