Nief-Norf Summer Festival 2019

Performance, Composition and Music Technology Workshops


Submission period

Mon Oct 8, 2018 at 8:06 AM UTC

End of submission period

Sat Dec 15, 2018 at 11 AM UTC

Results date

Mon Apr 1 at 10 AM UTC

Priority deadline: Dec 15, 2018

The Nief-Norf Summer Festival (nnSF) Performance, Composition, Composer-Performer, and Music Technology Workshops invite applications from all instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers over the age of 18 (including undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and professionals). The summer festival will bring this generation's brightest, most promising composers, performers, and scholars together in the state-of-the-art University of Tennessee music facilities from June 10–24, 2019.

Chris Barrett of The Knoxville Mercury reported, “[They] turn the city into a cutting-edge laboratory for 21st-century avant-garde and experimental music.” Since 2011, nnSF has grown to fourteen days and twelve concerts—culminating in a final marathon concert. It also features an academic conference within the larger festival.

Nief-Norf recognizes that our field is challenged to overcome a complex web of inequities – racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, and ableism among them. Our current priority is striving toward equity in nnSF acceptances for ALAANA, women, and non-binary artists, composers, and scholars.

The Composition Workshop, Music Technology Workshop, Performance Workshop, and Research Summit provide fellows with extensive interaction with the faculty, guest composers, and visiting artists, as well as an industry-leading amount of opportunities for professional level performances of contemporary chamber ensemble works.

Composition Workshop
Composition fellows will compose one work for 2-6 musicians under the mentorship of composition faculty Christopher Adler and 2019 guest composers Sarah Kirkland Snider and Alexandre Lunsqui, and will work with the performance fellows and faculty on the preparation of their work for performance during the festival. Also new for 2019, nnSF has added a Composer-Performer Option.

Music Technology Workshop
Up to eight music technology fellows are invited into an an intensive experience in live performance with chamber and electronic music.

Performance Workshop
Performance fellows participate in an average of five to seven chamber works while working with faculty and other performance fellows in the preparation of festival concerts. Beginning in 2019, previously-formed ensembles are encouraged to apply to the festival.

Research Summit
A one-day academic conference embedded within the festival. Our 2019 Research Summit topic is “Genre Lines,” examining music that has defied, reaffirmed, and/or troubled the boundaries of genre, both today and historically in experimental music. We seek to ask who and what gets included and excluded when genre lines are drawn.

Learn more about the competition and conditions to apply: