Nief-Norf Summer Festival 2019 Participant Information

Welcome to the NINTH 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 10th. 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:

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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

The 2019 Nief-Norf Summer Festival will be held at The University of Tennessee in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.

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

Airport shuttle

We will provide a shuttle to transport you to/from the airport. Please email with your arrival and departure times to secure your airport shuttle.

Campus parking

If you are driving to nnSF you will need a parking pass to park on campus. Parking passes cost $35 for the duration of the festival (June 10–24), and will allow you to park in specific lots on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus. Please make your parking pass payment here (find nnSF19 parking pass in the Norf Shop) to reserve a pass ahead of time. You may also choose to find parking elsewhere in Knoxville, if you prefer. Non-commuter passes can park in 'N' Lots; Commuter passes can park in 'C' Lots. *Click here for the UT campus parking map*

Dorm Check-in - Monday, June 10th (Time TBA)

We will have a Nief-Norf table set up at Volunteer Hall on Monday for general information, linens, and (for 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 24th (Time TBA)

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 before you go!

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

If you are staying at the dorms, upon arrival please report to Volunteer Hall to check in:

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

Dorm rooms are apartment style – each participant will have their own bedroom and share a bathroom with their suite mates, as well as a common room that includes a washer, dryer, and a kitchen fitted with a sink, stove, oven, and fridge/freezer (*but no laundry detergent, pots/pans, bowls/plates, cutlery, etc provided*). 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 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.

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 10, and your last will be breakfast on June 24. 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.

Presidential Court Cafeteria Hours of Operation:
1017 Francis Street, Suite 108
Knoxville, TN 37996

  • Breakfast 6:30–9am

  • Lunch 11:30am–2pm

  • Dinner 5–7pm

Dietary needs: Regardless of whether you're dining at the cafeteria or off-campus, please email Abby ( regarding any dietary restrictions you may have.

Wifi access: You will have access to wifi campus-wide:

(This information will be updated in the near future)
User name: nn2019
Password: niefnorf2019!

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

Festival Schedule & repertoire distribution

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.

The daily schedule usually comprises of morning and afternoon rehearsals and composition lessons, midday norf SPACE events and guest artist presentations, evening concerts (or sometimes more rehearsals), and group hangs sprinkled throughout. Click here for information regarding the “Genre Lines” New Music Weekend Summit.

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

Repertoire and parts are being distributed via email from now through May 14. You will receive a final check-in confirmation once you have received all the music you'll be performing.

2019 nnSF Faculty, Staff, Fellows, and Guests

Faculty:   Andrew Bliss - Artistic Director; Christopher Adler - Composition Director; Kerry O’Brien - Research Director; Allison Adams - Saxophone & woodwinds; Lisa Cella - Flute & woodwinds; Claire Chenette - Oboe & woodwinds; James Falzone - Clarinet; Andrea Lodge - Piano; Andrew McIntosh - Violin & Viola; Jordan Munson - Music Technology; Jay Sorce - Guitar; Mike Truesdell - Percussion; Ashley Walters - Cello; Eric Willie - Percussion

Staff:   Abby Fisher- Managing Director; Eric Retterer- Production Director; Megan Ihnen - Communications Director; Paige DeDecker - Operations Assistant; Alex Ring Gray, Claire Terrell, Sean Goldman, Will Hoover - Interns; Fistful of Tigers - Photography; Four/Ten Media - Videography


Visiting Artists:   Wadada Leo Smith - Keynote Speaker; Alexandre Lunsqui, Sarah Kirkland Snider - Composers-in-Residence; James Falzone - Clarinet; Emre Sihan Kalei, Leah Reid - Call for Scores Winners

New Music Weekend Summit Participants: Laurel Black, Ashlee Booth, Douglas Boyce, Sean Brennan, Christopher Burns, Alexander Rex Burtzos, Aaron Michael Butler, David Carter, Jenny Davis, Mara Gibson, Igor Iwanek, Kyle Jones, Adam Lion, Robin McLaughlin, Matthew Overbay, Marianne Parker, Garrett Schumann, Philip Snyder, Chelsea de Souza, Cassandra Venaglia, Kristina Warren, Lucy Yao

Music Technology Fellows: Nathan Nokes, Daniel Fawcett, Dustin Knock

Composition Fellows:  Zachary Cambria, Colton Chapman, Mathilde Côté, Alexandre David, Nicole DeMaio, Christina George, Cory Harper-Latkovich, Huijuan Ling, Sophie Mathieu, Mikelia McQueston, Lily Shababi, Elizabeth Shearon

Performance Fellows:   Luke Auchter, Nick Bruce, Colton Chapman, Nicole DeMaio, Mitch Dion, Kennedy Dixon, Stephen Downing, Gramm Drennen, Eliza Fisher, Bradley Frizzell, Nick Ginsburg, Taylor Giorgio, Sarah Grace Graves, Dustin Haigler, Alexandra Hecker, Andy Holmes, Yaz Lancaster, Constance Li, Huijuan Ling, Corey Martin, Sophie Mathieu, Mikeila McQueston, Makana Medeiros, Georgia Mills, Thomas Morris, David Munro, Tyler Neidermayer, Kevin O'Connor, Luke Paulino, Stefanie Proulx, Lily Shababi, Elena Stabile, Denton Sutherlin, Megan Thibeault, Celia van den Bogert, Jixue Yang, Kevin Zetina

 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 – the sky's the limit; get creative! If you would like assistance in facilitating contact with potential collaborators ahead of time, please send an email with your idea/s.

In order to accommodate as many people as possible, first preference will be given to proposals submitted early and comprising 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 submissions are now closed (again).

Email Abby at if you have any questions.

Audio/Visual Installations

New to the 2019 festival is a dedicated space for audio/visual installations. If you’re interested, please visit this page for more information, and contact Alex Gray at if you have any questions.

Packing List


  • Headphones if performing from a click track. In-ear monitors are preferred; please no over-ear or basic Apple earbuds (the latter tends to bleed sound in performance).

  • All music and scores printed in advance (unless using a laptop or tablet)

  • Any secondary instruments you may be using

  • Sunscreen, sun glasses / rain gear - check the weather forecast!

  • A light jacket or sweater - the music building air conditioning 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).

  • Laundry detergent and dryer sheets

  • Kitchen implements as needed

  • Hand soap & toiletries

  • Linens – though we will provide basic linens, you may consider bringing your own

  • There is also a nearby Publix grocery store in case you'd rather procure some of these items locally


  • 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, etc)

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


  • Amplifier and appropriate cables

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: #nnSF19

We look forward to seeing you soon!