contemporary chamber music [performance + composition + research]

Travel and Accommodations

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Boasting over 27,000 students and 8,000 faculty members, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville is the largest institute of higher learning in the Tennessee university system. With alumni from NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, to award-winning author Kurt Vonnegut, it has a long history of excellence in a wide variety of fields.


The School of Music

UTK’s School of Music is housed in the brand new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, a state of the art facility with a modern design sensibility and floor-to ceiling windows that flood the building with natural light. An All-Steinway school, the School of Music is also a key performance venue in the area, offering over 200 concerts and events per year.

Knoxville, Tennessee

The School of Music and the university itself are located within walking distance of downtown Knoxville. There you will find the shops and cuisine of “Market Square,” as well as the historic Tennessee and Bijou Theatres. Downtown is also home to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Opera Company, the City Ballet, and the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Music can be heard on the street corners as well as in venues like Boyd’s Jig and Reel (a local Scottish pub) and The Square Room (an eclectic music space that calls itself “Knoxville’s Listening Room”). Even the Knoxville Visitor Center is a music venue, hosting the daily live recording of “The Blue Plate Special,” a radio show featuring Bluegrass and folk music.

For more information, go to Visit Knoxville


Getting Here

All participants should plan to arrive the morning/afternoon of the first day of the festival and depart after 12pm on the final day, and are responsible for transportation to and from Knoxville, TN. Travel assistance may be available for Fellows with over $600 in travel expenses for those who apply by the priority deadline. Commuter plans are available upon inquiry to students who have a permanent residence within 30 miles of the UT-Knoxville campus.


If you are planning to fly, book a flight into McGhee Tyson Airport, located about 20 minutes south of Knoxville. Someone from the festival will be glad to pick you up!


The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is located along the Tennessee River just off the intersection of I-40 and I-75.

Click here for a google map of campus


The Natalie L. Haslam Music Center is located at:

The University of Tennessee
School of Music
117 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
1741 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-2600