contemporary chamber music [performance + composition + research]

Kerry O'Brien - nief-norf Research Summit (nnRS)

Kerry O’Brien is currently a PhD candidate in musicology at Indiana University. Her current areas of research include minimalism, the post-Cage avant-garde, and music and technology. She has recently presented her work at the American Musicological Society – Midwest Chapter Meeting (2010), the Society for Music and Minimalism conferences (2009 and 2011), Beyond Notation: An Earle Brown Symposium (2013) and the Music and/as Process Symposium in Huddersfield. O'Brien was recently awarded the 2012 Presser Foundation's Presser Music Award, a 2013 Paul Sacher Stiftung Research Grant, and a 2013 Getty Research Library Grant. She is currently writing a dissertation on the history of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), 1966-1971. O’Brien received her undergraduate degree in percussion performance and continues to perform with the nief-norf Project.


Erin Walker - nief-norf Research Summit (nnRS)

Erin Walker Bliss is currently on the music faculty at the University of Kentucky. Raised in Illinois, Erin received her BM from Northern Illinois University and MM from DePaul University. Erin’s diverse musical interests have allowed her to perform in Korea, Trinidad, the United Kingdom, and throughout the Midwestern and Southeastern United States. Erin’s performance credits include the Kentucky premiere of Dave Hollinden’s what clarity, performing at PASIC 2004 and 2007, recording for Honeyrock and Alfred Publications, and being a founding member of the Nief-Norf contemporary music ensemble. Erin is the lead pan player in the Blue Steel touring steel band and also plays snare drum in the Kentucky United Pipe Band. As a teacher, Erin has given clinics and lectures at the University of Tennessee at Martin, Mercer University, Virginia Tech University, Northern Illinois University, Lafayette High School, and the University of Kentucky. Erin has also served as a faculty member of the Birch Creek Music Festival, the Bands of America Summer Symposium, and the Yamaha Sounds of Summer Drum Camp. She recently received a DMA in Percussion Performance and is a PhD candidate in Musicology at the University of Kentucky.


2015 nief-norf Research Summit Keynote Speaker, TBA