Since 2012, the Nief-Norf Summer Festival has featured an academic conference within our larger 14-day festival. As part of the festival, dozens of performers, composers, faculty, and scholars attend these research gatherings. Research 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), New Asia (2018), and Genre Lines (2019).

For nnSF20, our research series will continue with a Lecture Series, featuring numerous lectures throughout the two-week festival given by invited guest scholars (who will be announced in the coming months).