Nief-Norf is a Knoxville-based, multi-tiered contemporary music organization devoted to fostering creative work among musical interpreters, composers, and scholars. Nief-Norf presents and performs contemporary chamber music in ways that explore the breadth and depth of the repertoire. Their focus on flexible repertoire-based instrumentation allows the ensemble to connect Knoxville’s most voracious ears with outstanding works of the 20th Century as well as new commissions and collaborations.

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Applications for the Nief-Norf Summer Festival are now open

The 2020 Nief-Norf Summer Festival will take place June 8–22, 2020. The Nief-Norf Summer Festival (nnSF20) at The University of Tennessee is a two-week residency and musical think tank for composers, performers, and music technologists. nnSF20 will be our 10th anniversary, and we couldn't be more excited! Do not delay—start your application today, and receive priority application discounts and benefits!

There are many features available to nnSF participants, including but not limited to the following:

  • 20+ events including concerts, lectures, and masterclasses, and group hangs

  • Individual access to our renowned faculty

  • Invaluable networking and in-depth collaboration between performance, technology, and composition fellows

  • Immense exposure to a wide array of repertoire

  • Additional norf SPACE performance and presentation opportunities

Apply early and save

Submit your workshop application by the priority deadline (Dec. 15, 2019) to receive:

  • $100 tuition discount

  • Eligibility for alumni tuition discount

  • Eligibility for travel assistance

  • Eligibility for scholarships

  • Priority consideration for festival admission

  • Decision by January 01, 2020


Applications for Nief-Norf Summer Festival 2020 Are Open

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nnSF now Featuring Music Technology workshop

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Our Location

PO Box 31432
Knoxville, TN 37930