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The Nief-Norf Summer Festival (nnSF) is an interdisciplinary summer music festival, bringing together dozens of performers, composers, scholars, and music technologists to collaborate on the performance, creation, and discussion of contemporary music. The nnSF offers an immersive think-tank environment in the state-of-the-art Natalie L. Haslam Music Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and presents more than 10 concerts of modern music, aiming to encourage both appreciation for live music and support for contemporary art.

The Nief-Norf Summer Festival features full-time, faculty-led workshops in performance, composition, and music technology performance lasting the duration of the festival. In addition, each year the nnSF hosts an international Call for Scores competition for composers as well as a Lecture Series for music scholars. These projects bring some of our generation's brightest and most promising composers and scholars to the festival for interaction with the fellows, the faculty, and the Knoxville community.


The Nief-Norf Summer Festival takes place June 5-19, 2022 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

To apply, select your both your Program Group and specific Program! We hope you can join us this summer.

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