nief-norf Summer Festival Composition Workshop

nief-norf Summer Festival Composition Workshop

The 2017 nief-norf Summer Festival Composition Workshop is now accepting applications.

The nief-norf Summer Festival (nnSF) is an interdisciplinary summer music festival, bringing together dozens of performers, composers, and scholars to collaborate on the performance, creation, and discussion of contemporary solo and chamber music. The nnSF offers an intensive think-tank environment in the state-of-the-art Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on the Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee, and presents inspiring and devoted performances of modern music, aiming to encourage both appreciation and support for live music and contemporary art. The 2017 nief-norf Summer Festival will take place at from June 12-26, 2016 and will include concurrent Performance and Composition Workshops and will host the Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism.

The nnSF Composition Workshop offers an intensive experience in chamber music composition, with an emphasis on percussion and currently invites applictions from composers age 18 and over (including undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and professionals). The composition workshop provides fellows extensive interaction with the faculty, guest composers, and artists, as well as opportunities for hands-on exploration of the large variety of percussion instruments available during the festival. The workshop will admit up to ten composition fellows who will be present for the entire festival.

Composition fellows will compose one work for 2-6 musicians under the mentorship of composition faculty Christopher Adler and guest composition faculty Marc Mellits and Nina C. Young, and will work with the performance fellows and faculty on the preparation of their work for performance during the festival. Composers will write for chamber ensemble, percussion ensemble or percussion in combination with other instruments, based on availability.

A non-refundable application of $50 is required. The tuition fee for Composition Fellows for the 2017 nief-norf Summer Festival is one thousand nine hundred dollars ($2400 USD), which includes room and board. A tuition downpayment of $950 is required with two weeks of acceptance to the workshop and complete tuition payment is due by April 1, 2017. An early registration discount of $100 is offered to anyone who applies before Dec. 1, 2016. Commuter plans are available upon inquiry to students who have a permanent residence within 30 miles of the UT-Knoxville campus. Travel assistance may be available for Fellows with over $600 in travel expenses.

Apply to the Composition workshop by the Priority Deadline (December 01, 2016) to receive:

$100 tuition discount.
Eligibility for Alumni tuition discount.
Eligibility for Travel Assistance.
Eligibility for needs-based scholarships.
Priority consideration for festival admission.
Decision by December 08.
After December 1st, all discounts and eligibility for Travel Assistance are null and void. These discounts cannot be combined with one another; only one discount per application. Acceptance letters will be sent December 8th, after which successful applicants will have two weeks to pay the non-refundable tuition downpayment to reserve their admission.

Applications will remain open until February 1, 2017 or until the Composition Workshop is filled.

Fellows must be 18 years or older to apply.

To apply, fill out the Composition Workshop Registration Form at

The application will require:
- Two scores (PDFs) and recordings (optional) representing what you feel is your strongest work.
- A statement of interest describing the piece you would like to compose for the festival, including some ideas for instrumentation. The final instrumentation will be determined by the Composition Workshop Director based on availability.
- A bio or CV surveying your experience in composition.

For complete information, please visit
If you have questions, please contact Composition Program Director Christopher Adler at

1 Feb 2017
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